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Aristophanes and the Feminist Message of Lysistrata - In the time of Aristophanes, women were “universally legal minors; citizen woman participated at best indirectly in the political and intellectual life of the city” (Slater). Rarely did they emerge from their secluded quarters, except for marriages, funerals, and some civic festivals. It is quite ironic that during a time where woman’s lives were almost entirely directed by political circumstances and strict social norms, traditional Greek drama encompasses the life of woman and is intensely female centered, more so than any other western literature....   [tags: Greek, Lysistrata]
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Essay on Satire in Lysistrata - Satire in Lysistrata Satire is a literary manner built on wit and humor with a critical attitude directed to human institutions and humanity. A successful satiric play will show certain truths about society and then try to improve upon them. Satire is meant to be constructive rather than destructive. Aristophanes uses satire in Lysistrata to convey many different themes such as war and peace, the struggles of power and class, and the life and death issues that are seen in war. Satire is successfully used and seen in Lysistrata by stereotyping women in general and then the different classes of women as well....   [tags: Lysistrata Essays] 766 words
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Role of Women During the Time of Lysistrata - The True Role of Women During the Time of Lysistrata      Aristophanes’ significant contributions in the development of the theater arts and his standing in the Athenian community are well documented. His hilarious comedy, Lysistrata, reflects the disgust with war prevalent at Athens after the disastrous expedition to Sicily. It is ripe with sexual innuendo and provides much insight into the timeliness of human sexuality, desire, and the war of the sexes, yet it was intended to make a political statement regarding the folly of Athenian military aggression....   [tags: Free Lysistrata Essays]
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Lust in Homer's The Odyssey and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata - Lust in Homer's The Odyssey and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata Lust is defined as an intense longing or a sexual desire. It is a common theme in literature; particularly in classic Greek literature. The reason it is so prevalent in literature is that is prevalent in our daily lives. Everyone lusts after something or someone. It is an interesting topic to examine closely, and classic literature is an excellent medium for such an investigation. Two works I have studied, in which lust is a theme, are an epic, Homer's The Odyssey, and a play, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata....   [tags: Odyssey Lysistrata Homer Aristophanes Essays] 1388 words
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Similarities Between Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Euripides' Medea - Similarities Between Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Euripides' Medea The poetic tone of Aristophanes' Lysistrata differs greatly from the poetic tone of the Greek tragedies we have read in class. However, after analyzing this Greek comedy, it seems to share some of the main characteristics of Euripides' Medea. Within these plays, we meet shrewd, powerful masculine women who use the art of manipulation to get what they want from others and to accomplish their goals. This theme of manipulation is employed through various means and techniques....   [tags: World Literature Lysistrata Medea Essays] 903 words
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Essay on Role of Rulers in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Shaw’s Saint Joan - Role of Rulers in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Shaw’s Saint Joan   Rulers, by definition, play a crucial role in a society. They choose the direction that the society will move, how it will move (whether it be imperial, economic, or militaristic in nature), and allocates the resources of the nation towards these goals. These leaders come to power in many different ways. Some are elected, some are appointed, and some seem to gain the position by strange strokes of fate. In literature, these individuals, their goals, and how they attained their position make a statement about the society they represent....   [tags: Aristophanes Lysistrata Essays] 843 words
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Lysistrata, by Aristophanes - Aristophanes’ Greek comedy, Lysistrata has been translated many times. The key to a good translation is finding one that models what the current time frame is looking for. What would a student attending college in the year 1912, think of the translation used in our 2011 literature class. What about the choices of a literature professor, in the year 1925, when teaching this play. The tone and speech of these translations can be very different, yet mean the same thing. Lysistrata has been altered throughout time to fit the meaning and the language of the translator; however, the theme remains to be a comedy based around the main idea of antiwar....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Translations] 1162 words
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Women and Christianity: Lysistrata by Aristophanes - Traditionally in ancient studies of various civilizations, women assume a submissive role as caretaker of the house and family. Generally, this trend continues throughout early organized society until around the time of sixty four A.D. with the rapid spread and judgment of the new religious dynamic of Christianity. The novel faith becomes notorious for the strong ties and companionship between members of the community as well as the appealing views of a compassionate deity and rewarding afterlife....   [tags: submissive role, rome]
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An Analysis in Feminism in the Play 'Lysistrata' - In Aristophanes play Lysistrata, the women of Greece take on the men to stop the raging war between the Athenians and the Spartans. To stop the war, the women withhold sex from their male counterparts, and take over the Acropolis for themselves. The women are indeed triumphant in their goals to stop the war, and the Athenians and Spartans come to an understanding. What is blatantly ignored, however, is that Aristophanes creates a gender war that, although seemingly rejoices the actions of the women, instead mocks the women’s power-struggle in a male dominated society, focuses on the male-privilege seen throughout the entirety of the play, and should be disregarded in the fact that this play...   [tags: Aristophanes play, ancient Greek drama]
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A Modern Production of Lysistrata - In a modern day production of Lysistrata, a director’s role would involve the overseeing of the whole play making course and ensuring that all the cast members realize the vision of the production. This role covers all the steps of production from the interpretation of the script to the final performance. This means that the director has a say over a range of disciplines and has to have artistic vision. Lysistrata was produced in 411 B.C., at a time when Athens and Sparta had just concluded a two-decade long war and the general population was in despair....   [tags: literary analysis, aristophanes]
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Lysistrata and the Feminist Movement - Lysistrata and the feminist movement In ancient Greece, society for women was constricted in a patriarchal society. Women could not participate in politics nor could they obtain an education. Women were bound to their homes and in charge of their slaves and rearing their children. Men were entitled to anything they desired including women. The decisions regarding all matters of the polis were decided by men and men were the ones responsible for protection of the polis. Lysistrata is a play of an early feminism movement because it empowered women, created future movements, and left a legacy of its own....   [tags: Gender ]
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Feminist Literary Criticism and Lysistrata - Classically, women playwrights are almost completely absent. There were virtually no women writers at all up until at least the seventeenth century. This fact originally led feminist critics to disregard the classical period. In an article titled “Classical Drag: The Greek Creation of Female Parts,” Sue Ellen Case states that because “traditional scholarship has focused on evidence related to written texts, the absence of women playwrights became central to early feminist investigations” (132). Despite this absence of female writers, feminist critics analyze the role of women in ancient Greece in other ways....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Women Characters] 1838 words
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Lysistrata Written by Aristophanes - Episode 1 Depicting Violence In this scene in Lysistrata, set in ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiates a sexual strike against men in order to end war. There is ample evidence of not only Lysistrata exhibiting both kinds of courage but other women as well. There are a number of obstacles that threaten to derail the wives’ strike before it is even fully set out upon. The most persistent one is the women’s own hunger for sex, already badly malnourished as they are by the never-ending war. While this is the hurdle to which Aristophanes returns to the most often (because it’s funny and this is a comedy), it is not the most dire in terms of consequences....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Play Analysis] 981 words
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Lysistrata Analysis - “Lysistrata” is a tale which is centered around an Athenian woman named Lysistrata and her comrades who have taken control of the Acropolis in Athens. Lysistrata explains to the old men how the women have seized the Acropolis to keep men from using the money to make war and to keep dishonest officials from stealing the money. The opening scene of “Lysistrata” enacts the stereotypical and traditional characterization of women in Greece and also distances Lysistrata from this overused expression, housewife character....   [tags: Theater Review ]
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The Portrayal of Gender Issues in Lysistrata by Aristophanes - Lysistrata is a bawdy play written by the comic playwright from ancient Athens, Aristophanes. This age-old comedy details the quest of one Athenian woman’s crusade to put an end to the incessant Peloponnesian War. As a method of non-violent resistance, Lysistrata, along with other women who hail from Athens and other warring states, capitalize on their sexuality. In a male-dominated society, the deprival of sexual privileges by these women render their husbands and lovers powerless. In an attempt for peace, a comical yet crucial battle of the sexes erupts....   [tags: sexuality, femininity, misogynistic ] 858 words
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Witholding Sex in Aristophanes’ Play Lysistrata - In class we have discussed in great detail the historical background of classical Greece and Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata. Although Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata serves as a useful insight for women’s history during an era in which not a lot of information exists or can be verified, it widens the door to women being mocked and seen only as a form of entertainment. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is an original play performed in Athens. It’s a satire piece of centered on the main character a woman named Lysistrata and her attempt in ending the Peloponnesian War....   [tags: greece, women, magistrate]
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Lysistrata by Aristophanes - In what ways is Lysistrata a woman behaving badly in her own cultural context. Women can be seen as behaving badly thought the entire of history, yet the cultural context to which they belong defines what is bad and what is not. Context has been seen to effect values and attitudes to a great extent, therefore determining how a text should be viewed. Lysistrata by Aristophanes was written in ancient Greek times, so Lysistrata must be viewed as a woman behaving badly in regard to the values and attitudes of her time....   [tags: Ancient Greek Literature ] 1545 words
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Medea and Lysistrata - Medea and Lysistrata Medea and Lysistrata are two Greek literatures that depict the power which women are driven to achieve in an aim to defy gender inequality. In The Medea, Medea is battling against her husband Jason whom she hates. On the other hand, in Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the protagonist Lysistrata plotted to convince and organize the female gender to protest against the stubbornness of men. In terms of defining the purpose of these two literatures, it is apparent that Euripedes and Aristophanes created characters that demonstrate resistance against the domination of men in the society....   [tags: World Literature Gender Inequalities Essays] 536 words
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Lysistrata Of Aristophanes - The Lysistrata of Aristophanes Aristophanes was a satirist who produced Lysistrata around 413 BC when the news of Athen’s warships had been destroyed near Sicily. For twenty-one years, while Athens was engaged in war, he relentlessly and wittliy attacked the war, the ideals of the war, the war party and the war spirit. This risked his acceptance and his Athenian citizenship. Lysistrata is probably the oldest comedy which has retained a place in modern theatre. It primarily deals with two themes, war and the power of sexuality.....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Lysistrata: A Comedy of Stereotypes - LYSISTRATA, a comedy of stereotypes The playwright Aristophanes wrote about an ancient Greece, Athens in particular, during a time of constant warfare. His play “Lysistrata” is an attempt to amuse while putting across an anti-war message. In fact even the naming of the play is an anti-war message of sorts. The word “lysistrata” means, “disband the army” (Jacobus 162). Aristophanes was a crafty writer; he creates a work of art that causes his audience to think about the current state of affairs in their city....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Lysistrata and the Peloponesian War - Lysistrata and the Peloponesian War Many comedies of this time period explore issues that were of importance to those people. Lysistrata is no different. It explores issues relevant to the time period in which it was written. Aristophanes uses the Peloponnesian War to illustrate the differences between the men and women of the time period. As Lysistrata begins, the women are gathering for their meeting with Lysistrata. They gripe and complain about how late the others are for the meeting, while Lysistrata begins to clue them in on her plan....   [tags: essays papers] 1319 words
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A Comparison of Conflicts in Antigone and Lysistrata - Conflicts in Antigone and Lysistrata   In Antigone and Lysistrata the tension between the polis and oikos is reflected in different ways. Antigone prioritizes oikos over polis, while Creon prioritizes polis over oikos. The men in Lysistrata favor fighting for the state over being at home while the women want their husbands with them instead of being at the war. We find ample evidence of different conflicts and similarities in both plays, but the male's prioritizing polis over oikos and the female's prioritizing oikos over polis causes the central tension in Antigone and Lysistrata....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1330 words
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Lysistrata - Lysistrata In the midst of a war, the question of its purpose and legitimacy arise. In Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the protagonist, Lysistrata, revolts against the trivial Spartan and Athenian war that lasts for more than two decades and persuades other women to strike against the men by taking an oath of celibacy until the soldiers put down their arms. Aristophanes, using several scenes, advocates his desire for the bloodshed to cease by satirizing the folly of the war and making its supporters, the men, look foolish....   [tags: Papers] 337 words
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Lysistrata - Lysistrata “There is no beast as shameless as a woman'; Aristophanes was a craft comedy poet in the fourth century B.C. during the time of the Peloponnesian War. Aristophanes’ usual style was to be satirical, and suggesting the eccentric. The most absurd and humorous of Aristophanes’ comedies are those in which the main characters, the heroes of the story, are women. Smart women. One of the most famous of Aristophanes’ comedies portraying powerfully capable women is Lysistrata, named after the female lead character of the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 1040 words
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Lysistrata - Lysistrata is a play written in 411 BC by Aristophanes. At that time in Greek history, the city-states were constantly warring with one another. Consequently, the women were left at home. One woman, Lysistrata, was so fed up with the fighting that she called all of the women of Greece to a meeting. When they finally showed up, Lysistrata presented her plan for peace: no sex until the wars ceased. She eventually convinced all of the other women that this was the only way to bring peace to the land....   [tags: essays research papers] 510 words
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Lysistrata - Amidst the tone of war around us, and speak of possible defeat, the festival of Dionysos will be held the fall of this great year, 411 BCE. Many ideas of entertainment have been suggested, most of which plays from various credible playwrights. One that has caught my eye in many ways is a work by Aristophanes. It is titled Lysistrata, and is a comedy based on our current status of war. Now considering our present situation, this may seem like a ludicrous idea. The wrong choice of words in a public address can result in a revolt, let alone a play that will be seen by many more citizens than will a public speaking....   [tags: essays research papers] 1181 words
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Lysistrata - Aristophanes play Lysistrata takes place during the Peloponnesian War and the women of Greece are tired of their men being at war. Greek women want to preserve the traditional way of life in their community. With this in mind, Lysistrata calls all the women of Greece together and devises a plan. She argues that if the women all participate in two activities, their men will end the war. Her proposals are that the women hold a sexual strike against the men. She urged the women to dress in sexy clothing but refuse sexual activity with the men....   [tags: essays research papers] 740 words
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Aristophanes' Assemlywomen and Lysistrata - Aristophanes' Assemlywomen and Lysistrata Typically in Athenian society, women took care of the things in the household while men, although still retaining the final say over matters of the household, focused most of their attention on the world outside the home. In the plays Assemblywomen and Lysistrata, Aristophanes explores roles of men and women in society, specifically what would happen if women were to take on the roles of men. Looking at these two plays about Athenian society as metaphors for marital life, it shows that men and women were incapable of having balanced power in their relationships....   [tags: Athenian Athens Gender Roles Essays] 1501 words
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Gender Issues In Lysistrata - Human beings are amazing creatures. Our history has shown spectacular and shameful events from day one. Throughout the course of history we have seen both war and peace. More war than peace, but the point still remains. That we, as a human race, have accomplished many wonderful intellectual break-throughs but we have also done very stupid deeds. Its amazing how a creature of such great intelligence could separate, segregate, discriminate, dehumanize, and enslave members of its own human race.       The world as we speak is existing because of gender issues....   [tags: essays research papers] 1977 words
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Lysistrata Water versus Fire - There are many ways in which the men’s carrying the logs and the fire and the women’s carrying the water symbolize the views gender. As one may realize fire is often uncontrollable and wild similar to a men’s raging hormones. Fire is an example of an element that can be easily started, but extremely tricky to put out when spread. When pertaining to sex, the male gender is often the aggressor whose fire is quickly growing to the point of restlessness as Cinesias was. “God, I wish she’d hurry up and get through with all this!” As his wife goes to retrieve a pillow for him and perfume for herself he screams out, “Damn the man who invented perfumes!” Though the men represent the elusive fire t...   [tags: essays research papers] 567 words
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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata - Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is an excellent example of satirical drama in a relatively fantastical comedy. He proceeds to show the absurdity of the Peloponnesian War by staging a battle of the sexes in front of the Acropolis, worshipping place of Athena. Tied into all of this is the role of sex and reason and is evident in the development of some characters and the lack of development in others. Although the play is centered on Lysistrata, the story is truly propelled by the ideas of sex and reason....   [tags: essays research papers] 945 words
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Comparing the Immature Males of the Iliad and Lysistrata - The Immature Males of the Iliad and Lysistrata   Both Homer's Iliad and Aristophanes' Lysistrata explore the nature and character of men. In their respective portrayals of male characters, both works reveal a fundamental flaw in that nature. This underlying flaw, immaturity, results in a variety of childish behaviors that are not only inappropriate but potentially quite dangerous and destructive. Reliance on women, inability to exert self-control, and resorting to violence as an easy solution to any problem or perceived threat are typical traits of young boys....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Women´s Role in Litetraute - ... Such negative images are firstly show in mortal women. In the first scene, there is an example of irrational women. In this poem, Troy was burned and attacked at the beginning; Aeneas saw Penelope and the opportunity to kill Penelope. She chose to escape from responsibilities and obligations, also leave Greece because of Troy. This resulted in the entire war between Greeks and Troy. He did not eventually killed her, more important is this introduces the theme of irrational and women through the story....   [tags: epic of gilgamesh, eneida, inferno, lysistrata] 1093 words
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Comparing the Characters of Lysitrata, Penelope, and Medea - The purpose of the paper is to compare and contrast the characters of Penelope in the epic, The Odyssey, Lysistrata in the comedy, Lysistrata, and Medea in the tragedy, Medea. The writer will first give a brief synopsis of each character, followed by a comparison and climaxing with the contrast. Penelope, a loyal, faithful and patient wife is faced with suitors pressuring her daily to remarry. She uses her wit and cleverness to hold them off. She assures the suitors that she will remarry as soon as she finishes the burial shroud for her husband, which she has no intention of finishing until her husband returns....   [tags: World Literature] 728 words
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Characterization of "Lysistrata" - Lysistrata, first produced in 411 B.C. is a play that represents the frustrations that Athenian women faced due to the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata, an Athenian woman is the play's heroine; her name is significant in itself, as it means "she who disbands the armies" (Page 467, footnote 2). With the aide of other Athenian women, Lysistrata organizes a "sex strike" in an effort to cease further violence and bring peace between Athens and Sparta. Eventually, her campaign is adopted by the women of Greece, and the efforts of the Athenian women are successful....   [tags: World Literature] 620 words
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The Women's Agreement - There are many translations of the Aristophanes’ Greek comedy, Lysistrata. The key to a good translation is finding one produced for the time. What would someone attending a college in the year 1912, think of our translation used in our 2011 literature class. What about the choices of a literature professor, in the year 1925, when teaching this play. The tone and speech of these translations can be very different, yet mean the exact same thing. The key is to pick a translation that is best suited for the present time....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Bullied Into Silence - Harvey Fierstein, noted journalist, encourages us to “never be bullied into silence. Never allow ourselves to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition for your life. Define yourself”. In the novel “The Story of Zahra” written by Hanan al-Shaykh, Zahra was bullied into silence because she allowed herself to be made a victim by accepting others definition for her life; she did not define herself. Conversely, in the play Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes, the protagonist, who went against all odds, was anything but a victim by taking the leading role in a protest against the men; she took a stand for what she believed in....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Aristophanes Voices Concerns for Ancient Greek Culture in His Plays - ... Dikaiopolis doesn’t understand why they want to fight so much. He takes every opportunity to advocate their stupidity by comically refuting their actions toward him and his family. Dikaiopolis says, “Comedy too can sometimes discern what is right. I shall not please, but I shall say what is true,” (The Acharnians, lines 500-501). He means that he is going to say whatever he feels is right, and in the end, no matter what actions the Acharnians take, there isn’t anything they can do to stop him from laughing at what they do....   [tags: comedy, peace, athens] 1818 words
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Social Tension in Athens: The Second Peloponnesian War - One event that caused Social tension in Athens during the fifth-century B.C.E, was known as the second Peloponnesian war (461 B.C.E.). Ancient sources from this period including, Epitaphios Logos and Lysistrata, when coupled with additional evidence, reveal social tensions Athenians confronted during this time. This describes Athenianism which caused tension - in building. At the end of the Persian wars, Athens materialized along with Sparta as the two leading powers in the Greek world. As Athens grew in confidence, their promotion of ‘Athenianism’, was a bid to place Athens as leader of its empire....   [tags: Peloponnesian war, Athens, social tension, war,] 1044 words
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Sex as a Means of Agency - Sex as a Means of Agency “A woman’s harder to conquer than any beast, than fire, and no panther is quite so ferocious.” (Aristophanes 1058) Life for an Athenian woman was marked by her daily occupation to the household and its occupants. This was the sphere of life where she was able to exert the most power and maintain a certain degree of agency. Her domestic duties included attendance to her husband, and his sexual needs. In the comic portrayal of women in Lysistrata, Aristophanes exploits this domestic power to create a scenario where “the harsh and intractable realities of life, politics and international aggression are transformed so that wives manage to overcome husbands, love conqu...   [tags: Aristophanes Female Women Essays] 1200 words
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Tragedy and Comedy - Theater is a natural outlet for our desire to hear and tell stories, and in some ways it is even more primal and powerful than the written word. At its worst, theater will merely bore; while at its best it will not only entertain but move and shape its audience. Two such genres of theater, or drama, have consistently achieved this effect. Tragedy, represented by the weeping actors’ mask, usually features the title character’s fall from greatness to ruin, guided by the gods or fate. Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, is the epitome of classic Tragedy, as defined by Aristotle (96-101)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Notion of War in the Eyes of Thucydides, Homer and Aristophanes - Greek classical literature is considered to be the canon of literary writing that pertains to the ancient history of Greece. Greek literature displays the classic lifestyle, culture and beliefs of the Greek race during the early portions of mainstream ancient and classical European history. Prominent Greek writers such as Thucydides, Homer, and Aristophanes produced pieces that are regarded, up to this day, as af conveyer of Greek life in the context of classical Europe. Looking deeper into their respective works, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, Homer’s Iliad and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata all show a common theme in ancient Greek life –life in the context of war....   [tags: Greek Literature ]
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Aristophanes the Comic Writer - Aristophanes Aristophanes was a comic writer who lived between 450 and 385 BC and composed about forty plays in his lifetime. His plays were all comedies, which usually addressed very serious political and social issues in a direct and crude manner, which, like much of today's comedy, is what made them funny for the audience to watch and appreciate. Many of the comedies would even go as far as mocking members of the audience or making personal attacks upon contemporary political personalities....   [tags: essays research papers] 1236 words
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Family and the Polis - Family and the Polis Family and the Polis: Two Very Different Ideals Sophocles wrote a play entitled Antigone. One of the main characters, Creon, is a king who is trying to rule in the best interests of his community. Aristophanes also wrote a play, Lysistrata, where his main character is trying to stop a war within her country, a war between Sparta and Athens. Lysistrata is the only one who succeeds. It is because she focuses on the family issues first. That is what is at the heart of what is best for all of the people of Greece....   [tags: essays papers] 1324 words
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