Lysistrata Themes

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Culture and arts depict many underlying themes and issues. Plays in particular are created to present a theme that the playwright wants to portray through the use of comedy and tragedy. Aristophanes one of the most effective playwright of Ancient Greece uses the plays he writes to portray his political views about the war and challenges the views of war among his audience. One in which, “Lysistrata” he delineates his views on the Peloponnesian War. Aristophanes uses his style of feminism and the nature of sex to portray how he viewed the well-being of the war and the effects on the people, in particular women.
At the beginning of the play women are most closely portrayed as inferior and weak. Specifically when Lysistrata brings them together to take an action to stop the war between Spartans and Athenians.
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In order to solve this problem the men must end the war and create a peace treaty. Aristophanes uses the nature of sex to show the Spartans and Athenians that they were fighting for no reason and if they do not bring it to end it will create more gap between the men and wife’s. Aristophanes uses references why the war is considered as war of stupidity and that it must come to an end. Lysistrata states, “You worship the same gods at the same shrines, use the same lustral water, just as if you were a single family…” (Aristophanes’ 186). Through the specific wording of Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ was able to describe the factors that make them the same and that overall war was fought over no good reason. Aristophanes’ also describes that another possible cause of the war was money. Wars require more than energy and fighting it also requires money. Aristophanes creates a dialogue between Lysistrata and Magistrate, “Lysistrata: Do? Why, we’ll take charge of it. Magistrate: You in charge of state money? Lysistrata: Well, what’s so strange about that? We’ve always been in charge of all you

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