Cultural Comparison Through Comedy

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Cultural Comparison Through Comedy Olivia Loucks Western Civilization- Wednesdays 6pm
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The cultures of ancient times and today have many similarities and differences that can be shown through comedy. Through analyzing a work of comedy from ancient times and a work of comedy from modern times, one can discover what was once funny, and what is funny today. Lysistrata is a comedic play written in 411 B.C. by Aristophanes, the ancient Greek playwright. It deals with “gender politics and the ridiculous business of war.” (Rankin, 2006) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedic film released in 2004. It’s set in the 1970s and deals with the role of genders and love being more important than ambition. By looking at both these works, one can appreciate the similarities and differences of past and present cultures. The characters in both these comedies are important in that they bring the jokes and wit to life. There is a leader character in both works. Lysistrata brings all the women of Greece together, while Ron Burgundy leads the number one- ranked news crew in San Diego. There are also more significantly intelligent characters. Lysistrata is the only women smart enough to come up with a plan to end war that works. Veronica Corningstone, in Anchorman , is the ambitious journalist who knows how to get what she wants. Both works also have the followers. The women listen to Lysistrata and follow her plan. The men of Anchorman follow Ron Burgundy in his ignorant views. Many of the male characters have sexist views. In Lysistrata, the men of ancient Greece see the
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