Balance in Euripides' 'the Bacchae'

 Balance in Euripides’ ’the Bacchae’ Composition

Passageway one: The Chorus' initially speech, webpage 193 to 196

Passageway two: Dionysus and Pentheus' exchange, 206 to 209

Passage 3: Dionysus' last speech, 241 to 242

Euripides' The Bacchae explores the polarities of logic and behavioral instinct that are both equally inherent in human nature within a world fatally lacking in stability. In evoking the very extreme conditions of equally rigorous reason and primal instinct, the folly of any linear worldview is tragically rendered.

In the Chorus' emphatic exaltation of Dionysus and say devotion to Bacchic worship in passageway one, the ‘rapturous rhythm' and lush natural imagery sees the publishing release of the logical brain. Breaking in the traditional role of the Refrain to indicate the audience's response, Euripides embodies his Chorus with that utter reverence for the God of ‘revel and rapture' that was still controversial in his period. The Chorus' abandon of rhythmic framework for the impulsive ‘frenzy' to desire ‘On, on! Run, move, delirious, possessed! ' records their absolute freedom in Bacchic praise. This wild abandon takes form in the captivating appeal of music, as its ‘wild beat' hard disks forward the pace and vehemency of tone, turning out to be ‘stung with the maddening trance/of Dionysus! ' There is a trance-like quality to this music as its repetitions climaxes in the exclamations ‘Sing towards the rattle of thunderous drums/Sing for happiness, /Praise Dionysus, god of joy! ' and becomes an expression of reverent enthusiasm unburdened by weighty contemplation. No longer constrained by the set ups of dialect or all their roles in a patriarchal society, the women include turned from the rigours of societal rules to more primal norms of behavior, expressed in the animalistic picture of ‘Swarming' because they leave all their homes and escape ‘to the mountains! ' This publishing state of mind can be inextricable with nature, which is embraced in its dual convenience of beauty along with violence. As the refrain crescendos to its epode, these polarities become graphically vivid as the...