Lysistrata: Humor and Women Essay

719 Words May 13th, 2012 3 Pages
"Woman is the most shameless beast of all the beasts that be" (Aristophanes). This is a direct correlation of how a woman was thought of in Ancient Greece. In its simplest terms, the Lysistrata is a tale that centers around an Athenian woman named Lysistrata and her comrades who have taken control of the Acropolis in Athens. They are protesting against the endless wars that men are fighting and refuse their husbands sex unless they cease their battles. This revolutionary due to the views of women at the time and how little dominance women had. The woman faced a lot of tyranny in order to weep the benefit of peace. This play by Aristophanes is a comedy and exaggerated in order to show the power of sexual desires that Lysistrata manipulates, …show more content…
Aristophanes has a dislike for politicians as he states, "Characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner"(Dutch). Politicains are the ones who start wars, so Aristophanes shows that the people making war decisions can be out smarted by a woman. Aristophanes hate for politicians is emphasized in this play, that is why he shows how easily it is for woman to gain control and manipulate of the best politicians in Athens. During the woman's sex-strike, Lysistrata gave specific directions in order to look very lustful. Lysistrata was the director and the head of the sex-strike, she convinced Myrrhine to seduce her husband. Her direct orders is what created the climax of satire in the play. Myrrhine teases her husband beyond belief and by the end of her seduction she leaves him. Aristophanes uses humor in this scene to show the power of seduction. The sexual desires of a man can make some one crazy a lot like this scene. "Yes you’re loyal but to what, my sister? You’re loyal to the war what bleeds us white, that ruins Attica and ruins Greece, that maims our husbands and destroys our city. Do you doubt I’m loyal, Myrrhina, loyal to peace and to the good of Athens"(Aristophanes). This once again is a quote by Lysistrata scheming in order to manipulate the men. She changed the nation and caused an end to the Peloponnesian War. Through

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