The Significance and Superiority of "Lysistrata"
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The paper describes "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes as a compelling, humorous play that gives the audience permission to laugh at itself in the way that many Greek dramas did not do. The paper discusses how Aristophanes believed that women possessed power; the paper highlights how he showed them respect by recognizing that although they connived to get what they want and they caused pain and suffering to the men, in the end, they were fighting for a good cause. Finally, the paper points out his use of humor and how Aristophanes knew how to keep an audience interested in his play.
From the Paper:"Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, is a compelling, humorous play that gives the audience permission to laugh at itself in the way that many Greek dramas did not do. Aristophanes wrote the play as the Peloponnesian War was raging and Athens and Sparta were fighting for Greek dominance. In the midst of this hell, Aristophanes uses women to make an important point about their power, their need for respect, and their clever nature. They find a way to end the war, which is something the men have not been able to do and they do it by withholding sex from their men. This is a painfully funny scenario and Aristophanes uses it for all its worth in the play. He salutes women and brings them attention they deserve and he allows their efforts to bring peace. In short, he lets them win, reinforcing the fact that women were more than objects. Aristophanes was creative in his quest to prove a point. He was not satisfied with the agony of man's moral dilemmas. He could look at art and see how it misrepresented life in many ways because some plays were simply too serious. With Lysistrata, we have the same issues confronting mankind but Aristophanes also adds a bit of common life to the mix to make the play more believable and more entertaining."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Aristophanes. Lysistrata.The Acharnians/The Clouds. New York: Penguin Books. 1973.
- Aeschylus. Agamemnon. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1985.
- Euripides. Medea. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1985.
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