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  • Aristophanes 'Lysistrata'

    Introduction The Athenian playwright Aristophanes created the play Lysistrata during the Peloponnesian War in 411 B.C. Aristophanes created plays that symbolized his own opinions and views on topics affecting him and other Athens. The play Lysistrata describes Aristophanes views of the Peloponnesian War and the possibility of peace through uniting the forces of the Greek women. The play contains the themes of humor and sexuality, but the straightforward expression of war in the play describes how Aristophanes feels about the war. Synopsis The story begins with Lysistrata asking Myrrhine, Calonice, Lamptio from Sparta and Chorus, the women of Greece, to join her in refusing sex to their husbands until they stop the Peloponnesian War. After taking the pledge of…

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  • Drink, And Coitus: Aristophanes Lysistrata

    Kelsey Hubbard Maureen Hawkins English 2200 February 28, 2017 Dance, Drink, and Coitus: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata In the plays of ancient Athens were topical reflections on the politics of the times, and according to Worthen, such relevancy was particularly present in satiric comedies (13). The works of Greek playwright Aristophanes were no exception in this regard. As Klaus et al. points out, Aristophanes lived and wrote his plays in turbulent times, and that perhaps influenced his literature…

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  • Carolyn Maloney: Where Are The Women?

    The Don't Have Sex With Republicans Month (DHSwRM) campaign that began with a few strokes on the keyboard and one very smart friend who compared the attacks on women to the ancient Greek play by Aristophanes Lysistrata who withheld sexual favors from men until they came to their senses and ended the Peloponnesian War. By the time the Unite against the War on Women March & Rally on April 28, 2012 rolled around when women of all shades, sexual orientations, and walk of life, across the nation,…

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  • Lysistrata Themes

    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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  • Sexuality In Lysistrata

    The most important difference between the Maestà and Lysistrata involves how sexuality is viewed by society. In the Greek religion of Lysistrata sexuality is always welcomed, even to the point of it being part of their rituals. Whereas the Roman Catholic Christian religion of the Maestà is not very open about sex, they valued purity. This is the most important difference because it shows how each culture valued sexuality of their people. The Greek religion incorporated sexuality into their…

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  • Lysistrata Gender

    The Enemy Henry Kissinger once said, “‘Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternizing with the enemy’” (“MLA”). The genders will always be tied together in some way because we can’t live without the other half. Women can be single and independent like men with it still being socially acceptable. Women and men have no idea who’s to do what because of the way society has changed. In Lysistrata, a play by Aristophanes, humor is used in characterization to prove the…

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  • Masculinity In Lysistrata

    Comparative Analysis in Lysistrata Lines 507-520 & 360-369 I will argue that these two passages are a commentary on the state of 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…

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  • Feminism In Lysistrata

    strong, sexual, and very opinionated man which he had reflected in his comedy play, “Lysistrata”. This comedy was quite the hit with many Athenian men for the simple fact that Lysistrata is a woman who was able to annihilate the Peloponnesian War with the help of women from different city-states, including Sparta. The Peloponnesian War that was between Athens and Sparta had begun over jealousy of each other’s power in Greece and had lasted from 431 to 404 BC. Aristophanes’ first viewed the play…

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  • Lysistrata Analysis

    Around the year 400 BC, Aristophanes wrote the comedic play Lysistrata to convince Athenians to stop the Peloponnesian War against Sparta. The main protagonist, Lysistrata, is a brilliant Athenian woman who rallies a sex strike within Athens and Sparta in order to force a peace treaty between the two city-states. In addition to incorporating sexuality as a comedic element in his play, which the Greeks embraced as a natural side of humanity, Aristophanes also utilizes the elements: dramatic…

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  • Aristophanes Lysistrata

    Aristophanes’ Lysistrata remains a potent commentary on the role of women in politics. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Lincoln Chaffee, announcing his withdrawal from the nominating race, referenced Lysistrata. “In that play, a group of women, fed up with the war mongering of their husbands, agree to withhold their favors until peace returns. And it worked! …women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented. It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.”…

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