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. It depicts Athenian Lysistrata and the women of Athens teaming up with the women of Sparta to force their husbands to conclude the Peloponnesian War. The play is a comedy, which appears to be written for the amusement of men. The play can be seen as a historical reference to ancient Greece, but it seems highly unlikely that women would talk with such a crude sexual tone. Instead Lysistrata is strictly a satirical play written maybe even to make men doubt the innocence of a woman. If women were such beasts as Euripides stated then would women have managed to seize the Acropolis, and prevented the men from squandering them further on the war. Euripides might have referred to the vulgarity of the women’s thoughts and language: “It’s a sair thing, the dear knows, for a woman tae sleep alone wi’oot a prick – but we maun do it, for the sake of peace” The language of the women is, as mentioned earlier, strictly for the humor. For Euripides to make such a quote seems rather incorrect. It is to a certain extent the men who are the shameless beasts who beat their wives and fight senseless wars. Lysistrata, on the contrary shows women acting bravely and even aggressively against men who seem resolved on ruining the city- state by prolonging a pointless and excessively expending reserves stored in the Acropolis. The men being away at war would come home
Lysistrata is a play about female agency in 5th century BCE Greece. What makes the sources of its humor different from those in The Acharnians or The Clouds? What comic truth does it try to convey that makes it different? Is the woman’s revolution it depicts permanent or temporary?
Lysistrata is Aristophanes’ peace play, Compared with Acharnians and clouds, the protagonist of this play is a woman. Angry with the way men have devastated Greece through their love for the war, she arranges a group….
Lysistrata - Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who is sick and tired of war and the treatment of women in Athens. Lysistrata gathers the women of Sparta and Athens together to solve these social ills and finds success and power in her quest. Lysistrata is the least feminine of the women from either Athens or Sparta, and her masculinity helps her gain respect among the men.
Cleonice- is the next-door neighbor of Lysistrata and is the first to show up at Lysistrata's meeting….
predominant issue that can be seen throughout history and in literature. In the comedic Greek play, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, both women and men are characterized by stereotypical thoughts; that men are the providers who have authority, and women are wild, impractical caretakers of the household. There is one though, who defies some the stereotypical thoughts of women, and that is Lysistrata, a strong, cunning, intellectual women who devises a plan to end on ongoing war that has left all the….
C/LT 320I: Notes on Greek Comedy and Lysistrata Waters/Fall 2011
this play acts as prophecy- war will destroy
Pretext for Aristophanes’ Lysistrata (411 BCE)
Homeric Epics- the bible for the greeks, the Iliad (more concerned with the war-translates as a catastrophe) and the odyssey, everybody looses type of thing, 1200bce, trojan war didn't happen, 1870 AD,
Phallic Rituals- create something tall and worship it, masculine virility, ritual celebration, center of orgies and animal sacrifice,….
In Lysistrata, Aristophanes makes fun of women, but he also makes fun of his own sex: men. Kinesias, Myrrhine`s husband, is one of many targets of the women's sex strike. In the scene between Myrrhine and her husband, Kinesias is fooled and tricked by his wife (Episode, p.199-203). As how many of the women of Greece embody the idealized or stereotypical female, as so Kinesias represents the stereotypical, dimwitted male figure in this play. In Lysistrata, Kinesias proves himself….
The story, Lysistrata by Aristophanes has been a major influence on many literatures because of the ludicrous comedy and ton of sex puns. The movie, Chi-Raq used many elements from the original play to create a modern version of the story. Even though both stories were created in different ways, there are also similar because of the many references that were still original content. There are many interesting similarities that are different in both works.
One of the similar elements in both the playwright….
(Della Gatta). Remarkably then, Antigone and Lysistrata both feature strong and assertive titular heroines, despite the androcentric culture in which they were were conceived and performed. Rather than challenging the patriarchal organization of society, however, these plays reinforce the slanted male characterization of women as inferior because men performed all of the roles and because Sophocles and Aristophanes wrote their plays for an entirely….
Aristophanes work Lysistrata, women are trying to stop the peloponnesian war by withholding sexual acts from the men. In the work, Lysistrata is willing to take drastic actions to stop the war. As the plot goes on, Lysistrata character becomes a very noticeable occurrence. Character is revealed through action the characters do. Lysistrata's character is decisive, passionate, and intelligent.
Lysistrata is decisive, she achieves the definite result she wants. Once Lysistrata has an idea of how….
Recently I had the opportunity to attend to a Greek comedy called the lysistrata at Whatcom Community College. The show really connected to similar themes in our curicculum of IDS 161. In the opening scene of Lysistrata, it enacts the stereotypical and traditional characterization of women in Greece and also distances Lysistrata from this clichéd, housewife character. Lysistrata is not only angered because the women won't prioritize war and the peace of their country, but she is ashamed that the….
Aristophanes, developed the play Lysistrata. In this Grecian comedy Lysistrata, a woman, leads a group of women in boycotting war. However, the action of the main characters and the themes that Aristophanes explores makes this play a significant historical source. The themes of sex, war, and power in Lysistrata display both Aristophanes portrayal of woman and the real and imagined gender roles of ancient Greece.
Sex, it may be a tale as old as time, but in Lysistrata it was a very constant….