Critical Discussion of ‘The Hymn to Dionysus’

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Paper which applies critical theories to the myth. Among those theories, structuralism explains how the story is a persecution myth, and how it fits into the framework of all the persecution myths.

” While working with the “Hymn to Dionysus,” it is helpful to utilize critical theories and apply them to the myth. Structuralism explains how the story is a persecution myth, and how it fits into the framework of all the persecution myths surrounding Dionysus, forming a repeating pattern. The structuralist approach to literary analysis involves discerning the overall framework of the myths surrounding Dionysus and discovering where the Hymn fits within this context. The “Hymn to Dionysus” fits into an overall structure of the persecution myths relating to Dionysus struggle to be accepted as a full-fledged god. In addition to the “Hymn to Dionysus” and the story of Thebes, other persecution myths fall into this overall framework of persecution, including the myths of Lycurgas, Minyas, and Proetus. This structure is evident when looking at all the myths together, and the “Hymn to Dionysus” fits into the arrangement as another persecution myth in a series.”


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