The Bacchae - Third Episode Summary & Analysis

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Third Episode Summary

As though in answer to prayer, there is an earthquake, and Dionysus is set free from the palace prison. A messenger arrives with news about the bacchants, the women outside the city. This messenger reports that they are not living lasciviously, like Pentheus said they were. The messenger did report, though, that these women overcame men in battle.

Pentheus, true to character, is enraged and confused. The kind wants Dionysus to shut up, until Dionysus suggests that he could sneak out and see the women for himself, dressed as a woman. Pentheus is entranced by the idea and begins to fall under the spell of Dionysus.

Third Episode Analysis

In this scene, the audience sees further signs of the divinity of Dionysus. However, Pentheus remains as blind to it as ever. Because Pentheus is as attracted as he claims to be repelled by the women...

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