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Drama 115 Term Paper: Channel a Classic: Aristophanes Lysistrata Pledge:_____________________________________________________ I am deeply concerned and saddened by the events which have taken place in my homeland of Athens. This once great city has become corrupted by greedy 1
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politicians, waging endless wars for political and monetary gain. Why would the people of this city support a government intent on dividing Greece by going to war with our previous allies, the Spartans? (The Drama, pp. 7-16) How can my fellow Athenians back a democracy that would purposefully bring death and destruction to the Greek people? Is it not true that Athenians and Spartans pray to the same Gods? What they must think of our senseless fighting! Even though I have no say in my city’s military actions, I have the ability as a playwright to mold the opinions of my countrymen. That is why I, Aristophanes, have written my next play, Lysistrata , about ending this lengthy war. Through my work, I hope to implicitly express my goals for Athens to find peace, and to subtly share my intentions to change the attitudes of the Athenian people. Hopefully with the Festival of Dionysus approaching, I will have an opportunity to have my play preformed on stage, so that all can witness my dramatic method of comedy. For twenty years now Athens has been at war with Sparta. Both city-states locked in battle because of their thirst for power and need to be the dominant city in Greece. It is truly an unnecessary waste of money and human lives. It is unconscionable that we permit our young men to die just so we can feel supreme over Sparta (Drama, pp. 55-59). Why I ask can we not live in harmony, where two of the most powerful city-states in the world support each other in order to make Greece as remarkable as it can be. My goal in writing Lysistrata is to show the people of Athens that this a foolish war, and that it is essential to end it so Athens can once again become a prosperous leading city (The Drama, pp. 7-16). 2
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It is not just a fearless man who outright defies the government, but a foolish one as well. That is why my protest is disguised in comedy. My intent is to challenge the traditional belief that we must constantly be at war in order to assert our power. But in order to do this without living in fear of retribution and punishment, I have cloaked my message in a situation so far-fetched and inconceivable that no one will be able to claim that I am realistically suggesting this could or should take place. The situation is that of Athenian and Spartan women joining together in a sex-strike till their husbands agree to end the fighting. Not only do the women accomplish bringing the men of these two great city-states to their mercy, but they succeed in barricading themselves inside the Akropolis where the treasury of Athens is kept. Thus, the women control both the funds to fight a war, and the will of the men who must go into battle. Now the only manner in which I can get the people of Athens to see this play
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course DRAM 115 taught by Professor Adamdavidson during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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