Cruelty And Justice In The King Of Homer's Justice For Pentheus

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Justice for Pentheus He was stripped of his authority. He wasn’t in his right mind. He watched his palace go up in flames. He was ripped apart by his own mother. Poor Pentheus was toyed and tinkered with until his very last breath by none other than his own cousin, Dionysus. His choice, as king of Thebes, to repress the all-powerful god not only lost him his kingdom, but ultimately his life. The Bacchae of Euripides is a true battle between the strength of a king and the power of a god. Dionysus showed no mercy, and his power destroyed a family. He sought revenge, and revenge he got. Dionysus announced to Thebes, “Your lives will wear away like sand” (83). Cruelty and suffering came shooting at Pentheus and his family faster than a bullet.…show more content…
He did not want the life-style for the people of Thebes to shift or modify regarding this stranger who wreaked havoc on the women of the city. Dionysus not only came many years later to pursue his revenge, but he came in disguise. What would convince Pentheus and the people of Thebes that he is a true God? Dionysus, the product of an illicit affair, is immature, fragile, and so power hungry that he lacks any wisdom a typical God would have. He is foolish and angry about his true nature and where he comes from. He lashes out on Pentheus to subdue his embarrassment. Dionysus drives all the women of Thebes mad and running to the mountainside, seemingly unaware that these are his mother, Semele’s, sisters. Who is his reprisal really meant for? I convey the impression that this hate is directed at his own mother, and yet Pentheus and his family are targeted with all of his anger. Pentheus was wise to not trust Dionysus. He messed with him over and over, tormenting a man who couldn’t see his near fate. Dionysus left Pentheus weak, confused, and gullible. He had him under…show more content…
He is taunted and ridiculed endlessly, oblivious of what is to come. Pentheus was too young to lead a kingdom, but he took on the role and carried out his responsibilities with pride, wisdom, and confidence. The last thing he would have wanted was for his city to suffer for his wrongdoing. Why was Pentheus’ death so prolonged? Couldn’t Dionysus have made his point by just killing him quickly? He would institute fear into the people of Thebes and possibly gain more appreciation. Dionysus’ goal was not to gain the affection of the people, but rather to humiliate Pentheus and make him feel the same neglect and shame that he felt. How immature of a God to stoop down to a human’s level. He tore apart a man, his family, and a city. (QUOTE) Cadmus is left with no home, no male heir to the throne, and no daughter. Maybe Dionysus did plan for this to happen, but I don’t believe that. Dionysus destroyed Thebes little by little, with only the intention of making himself feel better. He is an illegitimate God who is self-absorbed and thrives on praise he isn’t entitled to. His mother was a mere mortal, and from the sounds of it, his fondness towards her was minimal. Was the misery he put Agave through simply to demean women? She tore apart her own son, an unthinkable task to perform as a mother, unaware of what her own hands were doing. She was exiled from her home and her family, forced to live alone with her guilt and sadness.

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