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In the Bacchae for whom do you feel more sympathy Pentheus or DionysusIn the Bacchae Pentheus and Dionysus have very different characters They are both very complex characters and they both go through changes that alter the way you see them At the beginning of the play we are given a very dramatic image of Dionysus at his mothers Semeles monument He is wearing a crown of ivy carrying a thyrsus and wearing a fawn skin It is a very mysterious and haunting scene When Dionysus speaks he speaks angrily and passionately - you do not get the impression that he is a very subdued character In contrast however when you first meet Pentheus you see him as a very proud man He is outraged with the women of Thebes he has a strict sense of his own beliefs he simply cannot understand why the women are choosing to believe in a foreign god an upstart god He is instinctively sceptical He believes that the women of Troy have left on some pretence of Bacchic worship He is so cynical he honestly cannot believe in the power of BacchusWhen we first meet the two adversaries face to face we at first feel sympathy for Dionysus for he is the prisoner Pentheus starts the conversation thinking he has the upper hand because he has more power over the situation However it is clear to the audience that Dionysus is in control of the situation He is calm and strong He could have felt threatened being in a kings presence but instead he acts confidently This could have made me feel proud of Dionysus for handling the situation so well if it was not for the fact that he cruelly mocks Pentheus Pentheus obviously has no idea that he is talking to a god and Dionysus takes full advantage of this Dionysus drops hints that he is not simply a Bacchic worshiper but these are only
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