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Rens Story Ying-Yings Story and Du Tenth are Chinese love stories that show the relationship between passionate love and conformation to social norms These stories show the traditional roles of men and women from the past of China and how love is sometimes blinded by things such as money control and the want to be accepted in society Although from a different time and culture the moral lessons and themes from these stories can be compared to the Greek story Bacchae where a half-man half-god gives the power to the women of the village to unite and fight against the oppressions that tradition has placed upon the role of women It is found that the women in each of the Chinese love stories have the power and influence of Bacchism Bacchae is a story that blurs the hierarchy of gender and shows the power of women that unite and fight against the barriers in their way In this story Dionysus is a half-man half-god from the Greek era that brings changes of liberation to the women of Greece All of the women from Thebes vanish and flock to Dionysus to engage in drinking ecstasy and liberating themselves against their social norms calling this new-found culturereligion Bacchism The men of Greece see Dionysus as a threat and want to defend that old system of women serving a domesticated role Pensius the king plays the role of honor and defender of discipline He wants to fight and maintain the traditional hierarchy of society and sees the change of the womans role as danger especially since his own mother has joined with the other women and Dionysus With this he sends his messenger men to capture his mother and jail the rest of the women This proves to be a foolish decision when the women become violent and attack the men in a ritualistic manner After this Pensius attempts to trick Dionysus and the pack of
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