What did you notice? What about the play was interesting, strange, revealing, or meaningful for you? Be specific.
What values are being represented in this dramatic world. Discuss two values and to what group/groups these values are attached. Give at least two specific example from the play of how each value is expressed/represented.
If “values” ends up being a difficult word to tangle with, try replacing it with perspectives, priorities, or concerns.
Question #3 (Read with a Pencil)
For this prompt, choose something that you circled while reading the play that you didn’t completely understand and do some additional research — this might mean looking up the meaning of a word, or googling an unfamiliar reference — and then discuss your findings.
Armed with this new information how have you been able to put what was at first difficult to understand into context? What connections exist between this new information and other details of the world of the play?
Question #4 (Issue of Diversity)
Discuss how the maenads are depicted in the play, and support your point of view with specific examples from the text. Is there a consistent understanding of the maenads? In other words, does Pentheus see the maenads in the same way as other characters do? What might this tell us of the role/status of women in Greek society?
Cover Image Elvis Presley on the cover of The Bacchae
This is the cover of the Dover edition of The Bacchae, which is the version most of you read for class. If this is an ancient Greek drama, why is Elvis Presley on the cover?!?
Ask two of your own questions about the play. This is your opportunity to find out what someone else thinks about an aspect of the play that you found particularly interesting, confusing, or challenging. You cannot repeat any question that is part of this list of discussion prompts.
Write a 100-150 word reply to one of your classmate’s video journal posts that addresses the 2 questions your classmate posed in his or her video journal. Your follow-up reply can be a written response, rather than a video response (though video is acceptable