A Response Paper to Lysistrata

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Mohammed Almatrafi THE 1001 Instructor: Burnsed 12/06/2012

A Response Paper to Lysistrata

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend to a Greek comedy called the Lysistrata. Aristophanes' Lysistrata is an excellent example of satirical drama in a relatively fantastical comedy. Lysistrata not only instructs the women on how to act, but carefully observes and coaches the women. A good example of this "coaching" is Lysistrata's interaction with Myrrhine when Kinesias comes to the Akropolis. Before Kinesias arrives at the Akropolis, Lysistrata gives Myrrhine specific directions on how to act with her husband and then watches to make sure that Myrrhine doesn't give in to Kinesias. From her perch, Lysistrata is the overseer of the action. Lysistrata is also separate from the action of the play and the other women of the play because she does not participate in either the sex strike or the seizure of the Akropolis. While Lysistrata is the mastermind for both of these attacks, she does not take part in them.

The separation Lysistrata achieves from the other women is important to her rank and power with the male characters in the play. Simply because Lysistrata does not exhibit any sexual desire, has no obvious lovers or husbands, and does not purposely flirt with men, the Commissioner and the delegates seems to give her more respect. Lysistrata also uses different language than the other...
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