Haunted House Plauta Analysis

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Women always have kept the most important part in any societies. Naturally, women have been responsible for the perpetuation of the society, and they also can be seen as the focal point of worship in some ancient religions. However, societies of ancient Rome viewed women differently from some societies of past eras. By examining how men see women, and women see themselves in “Haunted house” by Plautus, we can see that women was only considered as the secondary gender in ancient Rome societies.
Women characters in the haunted house include Philematium (a girl of joy), Scapha (her maid, an old hag), and Delphium (a girl of joy to Callidamates). In the conversation between Philematium, Scapha, and Philolaches, we can see that women always consider
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These characters are written as arrogant upper class men who are put down by their slave women. The haunted house, Scapa (Philematium maid, ex prostitute.) told Philematium that Philematium was so stupid because she put her hopes in the man who own her; moreover, Scapa also give Philematium an advice that she need to flirt another man when she is still young and beautiful. Scapa, the slave, managed to educate the young Philematium the true color of life, showing that even a upper class men is no smarter than the lower class slave women. It is very interesting for the audience because we understand that some ancient Rome Women understand their situation and still find the way to fight for their right. In conclusion, “The haunted house by Plautus” can be seen as the vivid picture about the life as women in the ancient Rome society. By using women characters and conversation humor, Plautus has successfully portrayed the full picture about the ancient Rome society in which women have no rights for themselves, be treated as men’s property, and live in hopeless. In another hand, we can say that the role of women in ancient Rome society was only considered as the secondary

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