Menand women final

Menand women final - Aristophanes' three women plays,...

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1 Aristophanes’ three women plays, Lysistrata, Women at Thesmophoria, and Women in Assembly , were unusual in one significant way, their main characters were women. But how did this change the play and the ideas within the play, and more importantly how did the audience react to this change and what was Arisophanes’ point in writing such plays? Henderson’s point within his introduction to the play Lysistrata has to be considered carefully. He states that gender was a background issue and not the main point of the play. For instance, in Lysistrata , The women begin their sex strike to force the men to listen to them, but only for the purpose of peace. They use their femininity to manipulate and even control the arrangements of peace between Sparta and Athens, but once all order is restored, they do not keep their power, and the normal lifestyle of the culture is restored. They are not trying to say that women are superior to men or that they should have more power, they just want the men to see their point and come to a realization that the war can not go on. The characters in the plays are generally seen as sterotypes with the execptions being made for the main characters. For instance, in Lysistrata , the women, such as Myrrhine, are shown as sex hungry and nearly unwilling to give up sex to put an end to the war. However,
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