Essay on The Bacchae
Throughout the play, the audience cannot help but feel merciless towards Pentheus. In his opening scene, Pentheus does not heed the warnings bestowed upon him by Teiresias and Cadmus. Before Pentheus even meets Dionysus, Teiresias offers him wise advice:
'So, Pentheus listen to me. Do not mistake the rule of …show more content…
Dionysus, rather mercifully, gives Pentheus one last chance to save himself from his horrible fate. This opportunity comes when a herdsman returns from Mount Cithaeron delivering his eyewitness version of the events he encountered. He proclaims the women
'cradled young gazelles or wild wolf cubs in their arms and fed them at their full-blown breasts that brimmed with milk…struck a rock and water gushed from it as cool as mountain snow…drove a stick into the ground and wine came bubbling up….scratched the soil lightly with their fingers and white streams flowed, while from their ivy-crested wands sweet honey dripped like sparkling dew' (40-41).
He then tells how Agave saw them spying and all the women went crazy. One woman could 'sink her nails into a cow, with its udders full, and lift it, bellowing, high above her head.' The herdsman