The Transformation Of Dionysius In The Frogs

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Dionysius, the divinity to whom the Greek drama was from first consecrated, was the youngest of the gods (185). To common Athenian people Dionysius was peculiarly dear as for them he was the giver of life especially the life of vine. His was the spring and winter festivals in villages when people welcome the signs of renewed life in the fresh leaves and the grass and also at the ending. He was also the God of ecstasy and sorrow, both tragedy and comedy were derived from the choral dance in his honour which is known as “dithyramb”. The primitive cult song of Dionysius now suffered two distinct transformations. Of its transformation into drama Athens has the full credit. No other literary type is so peculiarly a reflection of Athenian genius…show more content…
Harold bloom said that in Aristophanes’ The Frogs there is a fantastic world where slaves out smart master and dead become alive. Myth played a very important role in The Frogs as there is Parody of the katabasis myth: the descent into the underworld (think Orpheus and Eurydice). Dionysus is a weak, cowardly, and conceited disguised (badly) as the hero Heracles. This involves incongruity and absurdity. Mikhail Bakhtin says that temporary destabilization or inversion of power structures gives festive laughter as in The Frogs it happens between Dionysus and…show more content…
Aristophanes had permeate and modify his play The Frogs with “social satire and had seasoned it with dashes of obscenity” ( ix). The criticism of the contemporary poets is directly put forward. After defining Euripides as the “clever rogue,” Aristophanes criticizes the poets of new generation through the mouth of Dionysus. Moreover, “Frogs‟ chorus is a satire on contemporary poets whose poems contained an overflow of croaking or whose dramatic productions did not leave any other acoustic memory than a monotonous and ill sounding brekekekex” (

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