The Storming of The Bastille

The Women

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The description of the women during these revolutionary scenes echoes a scene from an ancient Greek play in which a group of women, followers of Dionysus, god of chaos and destruction, seek revenge against one of the rulers because he does not worship Dionysus.

These scenes of course are similar because they describe women who are seeking revenge against a ruler. Now join a partner as directed and do the following.

  • Read the passages in Comparing the Bacchae.
  • Find other ways in which the descriptions of the women are similar.
  • Highlight and annotate phrases that seem similar.