Freud's Philosophy Of Dionyysus

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We currently live in a world where any unusual act is considered as something absurd or an act of violence. Different practices that are introduced to a certain civilization are thought to be dangerous or rated taboo to its own people. According to Freud, civilization is based on order or reason, or ways to control nature (DO I HAVE TO CITE). The pleasure principle, on the other hand is, is the act of achieving happiness and to overcome pain. Although civilization and the pleasure principle seem to oppose one another, they are in fact part of one another. The power of the pleasure principle, does not act like an extremist, but is rather something that is within us, deep down. With the pleasure principle, civilization can’t take control, one…show more content…
However, this God was much more than divine, he was also the God of ecstasy and rage. He reflects both good and bad, foreign and relevant characteristics. Dionysus’ mission was to introduce his new religion into the land of Thebes, however he takes revenge on Pentheus’ since he refuses to allow his people to perform those un-humanely rituals. Dionysus’ belief in excess pleasure, lead him to become an unjust monster. Dionysus claims that he is the sane one, opposing Pentheus’. Although Dionysus seemed to be the more rational one, he was the one who turned very aggressive, when Pentheus’ refused to follow his actions . He felt as though he lost himself, and that no one believes in him. He turned sadistic, the excess of something turned him harsh, even if it were pleasure. He is the perfect image of humanity, he is a God, but acts as a beast. Excess of pleasure can drive humans away from sanity and become uncontrollable. What they don’t realize is that madness actually lies within them, they are the reason behind the terror and discord. Dionysus may appear as the hero at first, however he is the one that turned Thebes upside down, and caused chaos. Dionysus is referred to as God of wine; wine makes man calm and care-free, however, excess of it turns them violent . It is said that the wine takes us away from reality and makes us forget about work or order. Dionysus’ excess ecstasy turned him away from…show more content…
What Pentheus doesn’t recognize is that the lawbreaker is actually hidden deep down of himself. The two are indirectly linked together, regardless of their beliefs in order or rationality .Once exposed to a tiny hint of the other side, Pentheus unleashed his inner Dionysus and became vulnerable. Civilization actually contains a little bit of terrorism within itself. Without some sort of opposing factor such as cruelty, civilization can’t rule alone. However, excess of it turns it into a wicked society, into the death drive and making it susceptible. Dionysus acted as an alien to the land of Thebes, intimidating their constancy, however he unleashed Pentheus’ inner weakness .Pentheus’ suffers his own punishments for not being able to recognize his inner ego. It could be said that civilization does distinguish humanity, however, civilization is frightened by it, if at any time it takes control over reason . If we refuse to acknowledge the existence of the pleasure principle, it will find its way to destroy us, no matter who is right. These natural forces are within us, and they are needed together with order, to gain power for any other external threat. Civilization without a wild force such as pleasure principle, is considered vulnerable and weak. This wild force will in fact protect civilization from any foreign attacks. Civilization can’t merely function without the pleasure
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