The Bacchae

Describe two incidents of the dual nature of Dionysus

Explain how the character of Agave becomes so infused with the spirit of the god that she experiences a mind altering consciousness; Describe the physical attributes/characteristics that a Dionysus actor would need to develop

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The story of Dionysus shows the binary nature of this god. Like wine itself, Dionysus can cause extreme joy but also drunken confusion. This dual nature of being man’s benefactor and man’s destroyer is not just a moral reminder about the effects of wine. It expresses a common dichotomy in the myth literature, reflecting the Greek interest in balance. Throughout the mythology, the ideal of balance emerges after characters tend to find trouble when they seek extremes. Gods often punish extreme behavior and reward a balanced, grateful, and graceful way of living.