| Quote #1
From the very beginning there is a threat of violence in the play. Dionysus swears not to take any disrespect from Thebes, and he proves himself to be true to his words. This statement from Dionysus is the first hint of all the terror that is to come.
| Quote #2
Dionysus doesn't put up a fight when he's caught by Pentheus's men. Though he's capable of obliterating them all without any effort, he casually walks into Thebes. We wonder why he bothers with the deception. Could he be luring Pentheus into a sense of complacency? What do you think?
| Quote #3
OK, here comes the violence. The Maenads enact their rage at the intrusion of the Herdsman and his buddies by ripping apart the men's cattle. This horrific dismembering could also be seen as a sacrifice to Dionysus.