The Bacchae


Scene II & Interlude II

Summary Scene II & Interlude II

Unlike the first ode, the chorus in this interlude now hankers for action and justice. However, the chorus is not completely bloodthirsty as it does return to a description of various peaceful mountains, rivers and valleys at the very end. Another point to notice is the manner in which the chorus echoes the major point of the second scene: the confrontation of the two principal characters of the play. They devote one verse to Dionysus and the next to his antithesis, Pentheus. Dionysus's divine birth from fire and the heavens is sharply contrasted to Pentheus's bestial and earthy origins. Finally, the chorus's ode forms a neat bridge between two scenes as their cry to Dionysus for justice is answered by his booming divine voice offstage.