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  • Response To Plato's Symposium

    Response: After reading everyone's speeches displayed throughout the Symposium, I felt as if their styles were very unique to themselves and they openly displayed their opinions without hesitation. Although they are all discussing the unanimous topic of Eros, they discuss the matter with such different tones that display Eros in multiple personas. I found this striking because every single speaker viewed Eros in their own way, often shifting the mood of the dinner back and forth. Starting off…

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  • Women's Role In Greek Theatre

    In ancient Greece, the role of women in society was to stay at home and produce children. Women were not educated, and they had no place in the theater, even as audience members. However, women were often portrayed in theater, and prominent characters were often women. These women did things atypical of what a traditional greek woman would do. Lysistrata brought an end to the Peloponnesian War, Medea enacted a cunning revenge, and Antigone valiantly ensured her brother received a proper burial.…

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  • The Symposium, Consolation Of Philosophy, And The Reasons Of Love

    The overall thesis of my initial reflection on love was basically that I despise the ways society has twisted the meaning of love, but have encountered some moments similar to love in my life, albeit not being closely acquainted with it. Reading The Symposium, Consolation of Philosophy, and The Reasons of Love has not provided me with a clear explanation as to what love truly is, but has provided me with multiple interpretations for further pondering. The Symposium was my favorite of the…

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  • Masculinity In Lysistrata

    masculinity in this play. These two passages reveal the fragility of masculinity. This fragility is revealed through their tendency for violence and aggression, poor decision-making abilities and absolute refusal to be questioned about their decisions. Aristophanes uses these passages to remark on how instead of men being the stronger sex, their fragile masculinity ultimately makes them inferior to women. When the Councilor attempts to end the women’s siege on the Acropolis, Lysistrata…

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  • Sexism In Literature

    For women, representation has been a consistent struggle. Women are often categorized into one of several predetermined literary “characters,” none of whom are reflective of the reality of female experience: for example, a saintly mother figure which echoes the Virgin Mary, a lustful and disloyal wife, or a conniving, manipulative woman who extorts men in order to achieve her will. Additionally, if a work has been produced by a female author, whether it be a poem, a letter, a speech, or a story,…

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  • Socrates: The Rise And Fall Of The Athenian

    possible by surrounding themselves with people who would educate and improve them (A-37). In Aristophanes comedic play Clouds ; he brings to light the fears Athenians had against Socrates. The Athenians believed that he was reversing the hierarchy between parent and child (P-251). A father is supposed to educate their child but due to Socrates teachings, sons now preferred Socrates’ company to their own. Aristophanes demonstrates this corruption this in Clouds when Pheidippides beats his father…

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  • Aspects Of The Soul In Fyodor's The Brothers Karamazov

    aspects of the soul); Aristotle's Ethics (virtue and vice); Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (patricide); Euripides’ The Bacchae (the table and the bed). Ivan: Plato's Republic (the three aspects of the soul); Aristotle's Ethics (virtue and vice); Aristophanes’ Birds (longing for a better city); Augustine, The City of God (the cleaving of the soul). Alyosha: Republic (the three aspects of the soul); Aristotle's Ethics and Politics (virtue and vice, the education of children); Augustine, The City of…

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  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: Happiness Through Virtue

    tempted by beauty, “And once you have seen it , you will never be seduced again by the charm of gold, of dress, of comely boys, you will care nothing for the beauties that used to take your breath away.”(Plato on Love 212d). In the speech Aristophanes, Aristophanes applauds male to male relationships. In his speech he is able to recognize that love is more than just physical needs it is longing to regain a lost happiness. It reveals that we are not so much attracted to a person’s qualities, but…

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  • The Reflection Of A Speech On The Concept Of Love

    Love in a way can be described as something that has to be felt from the deep roots of our soul. It is something that we all need and desire whether it is sexual,common or consensual. You see, everybody shows their love and affection different from each other, nobody is the same. However the question that keeps getting brought up is, what exactly is this thing we call love? At the start of the symposium each of the philosophers and poets start to explain what the concept of love is to each one…

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  • The Concepts Of Masculinity In Roman Culture

    of a man, namely leading a group of women to force men to end a war. In this rare instance where a woman may have portrayed masculine values extra steps were taken to ensure that viewers of the play were reminded of Lysistrata’s feminine status (Aristophanes, Lysistrata). At the end of the play, a woman named Reconciliation was literally divided up for the men. At the end of the day, it is the men who remain in…

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