September 8 and 10 notes (lysistrata)

September 8 and 10 - September8&10,2008 Lysistrata o /citsbeyondourtime Humoroftenwearsout o o 411B.C. o t

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Perspectives in Western Drama Lysistrata o Sometimes don’t see humor b/c its beyond our time Humor often wears out o Medea was at beginning of Peloponnesian War o 411 B.C. twenty years later than Medea o Euripedes Medea hit on gender problems and in this play the women are  trying to correct it o Weird time for comedy about war in context b/c Athens is involved in war  all around Gov’t sponsors attack on itself (b/c they pay for/sponsors plays) Rulers see it as chastisement of failures/shortcomings Idea of oligarchy – rule by few rather than democratic – rule by  many Play about war and vulnerability of democratic gov’t when both  were reality in Athens during this time Would occur in Dionysian* celebration Gods o Ares (mars) The god of war is on men’s side
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o Aphrodite (Venus) God of love is on women’s side (check which is which?) o Eros (Cupid) Binds women and men together Neither sex can control sexual passions Women aren’t free of the feelings either o Athena Humans o Demos Public world of men Men have power o Oikos (household/running of home) Landscape of women Women in home and dominated by men of community In this play the tables are turned and women take power and work together to alter course of events Women forget differences in need of a common cause o Can women abstain long enough for their campaign of will they give in to sexual drive? No supernatural aspect as in Medea All human beings in this play – all struggle with normal passions and conquests
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Women also control state treasury so that they control money so there is no  funds for war o One –two punch with women avoiding sex to make men give in Comic inversion o Turns expected on its head o Fuels delight and enjoyment o Challenges what we expect world to be and turns expectations upside  down Acropolis – site of treasury on top of hillside o takes refuge in Athena’s temple o statue made of gold bricks – could take some and give back later Lysistrata  separated from other women o Makes connection with divine forces (gods) to help cause
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2009 for the course DRAM 115 taught by Professor Adamdavidson during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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September 8 and 10 - September8&10,2008 Lysistrata o /citsbeyondourtime Humoroftenwearsout o o 411B.C. o t

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