Essay about Modern Greek Dram Patriarchy And Misogyny

1647 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Most of ancient Greek plays were written during the Golden Age (5 Century, 500 B.C.E) way before the creation of gender. The Greeks were only aware of male and female autonomy, yet this concept of gender has somehow been slightly introduced. Ancient Greek drama was performed by a company of all men meaning that men were responsible for performing female characters. Part of playing a female role involved cross dressing. This means that male actors would use costumes and masks to physically embody a female character. The Greeks has strict views on gender; however, why would gender performance be allowed in a patriarch society? Examining patriarchy and misogyny in ancient Greek drama give us an insight on why plays were written as they are known today, and how they correspond with the historical context of the time period. Knowing these two idea will create a deeper understanding of certain characters (such as a character’s desires and motivations) and help us understand themes, and underlying messages presented in the text. Like most drama back in Ancient Greek the plays often reminded people of the status quo. For example, the seating in the amphitheater was one way, women and slaves sat in the back while men of high status sat in the front. Moving beyond social seating arrangements, there is always something reminding the Athenians of their social class for, women that is not only allowing them to not participate in drama, but giving them this image of domesticity. “In…

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