Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
Why is Dionysus, as the Stranger, perceived as dangerous by Pentheus?
Can Dionysus be called a champion of women?
Do Euripides's sympathies lie with either Dionysus or Pentheus? Does he articulate a clear moral position in the play?
Suggested Essay Topics
Does Pentheus have a 'tragic flaw' in his character? If so, what is it? What are the various character traits attributed to King Pentheus: (a) as a king? (b) as a man?
What is the role of the chorus in the play? Is the chorus morally neutral?
Is there perhaps a second tragedy in the drama such as that of Agaue?
What are the various qualities of character of the God Dionysus?
How does Dionysus gain and wield influence over Pentheus as the play proceeds? To what extent does Pentheus have the power to resist Dionysus?
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