A Comparison of Vengeance in Electra, The Bacchae and Frankenstein
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Vengeance in Electra, The Bacchae and Frankenstein
In today's world, vengeance is still in existence, bubbling below our calm facade, waiting for the catalyst it needs to break loose. Evidence can be seen right now in the reactions of the American people towards Bin Laden. He destroyed so many lives, and now, there is probably not one American that would not love to get their minute alone with him. The American people want to hurt him the way he and his followers hurt their fellow Americans, their family. This hunger for vengeance is completely Dionysian and is found in more than one written work.
Electra is saturated with the Dionysian quest for vengeance that prevails also in The Bacchae. It is found again in…show more content…
This is what prompted Electra and Orestes into action. Their senses were presumably on the mark considering their mother's reaction upon hearing of Orestes' death. Her primary concern is her own well being. Orestes' feigned death cleared up any misconceptions readers might have had as to what Clytmaenestra's true sentiments were, and gives more definition unto the rationale behind Electra and Orestes' conduct.
In Frankenstein, the Dionysian principle is found twice. It exists for the monster and for Victor in an opposing manner. For the monster, it is a little more complicated to uncover due to its "backwards" pattern and the strange relationships. Victor's monster is left alone to fend for himself and discovers that he is hideous and grotesquely frightening to all human beings he comes in contact with. With the basis of these experiences, he deems himself unworthy of love and curses his creator for bringing him into such a cruel world. He is determined to get even with Victor and kills his younger brother, and when Victor refuses to create a monster companion, the monster destroys more of Victor's beloved. Victor, as the monster's creator, is in essence, his mother, making Victor's family the monster's family as well. The monster forsakes these family members who were ignorant of his existence. Had they known him, they might have shown him the compassion he wishes for,