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CAMS 1101 paper - A nne Cordeiro CAMS 1101 Lysistrata...

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Anne Cordeiro CAMS 1101 Lysistrata Lysistrata is the Greek comedy written in 411 B.C. by Aristophanes. It tells the story of main character Lysistrata, who leads the women of Athens and Sparta into withholding sex from their husbands in order to secure peace between Athens and Sparta. When Aristophanes wrote Lysistrata , the Peloponnesian was devastating Athens as each side strove to gain supremacy in Greece. In Aristophanes writing it is clear that he longed for peace and that the act of war was irrational and that it should be condemned. To demonstrate this point Aristophanes uses the sexual power of women to show how easily peace could be obtained. And while it is true that at the time women had very little rank in society, Aristophanes suggests that women are clever and can gain power. Lysistrata’s seizure of power in the comedy’s fantasy-world demonstrates that in the real world also men are weaker than they think. Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who is tired of the war and the degrading treatment of the women in Athens. She is able to gather the
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women of Sparta and Athens too not only obtain peace, but to also gain power for women as well. Aristophanes is shows Lysistrata as a powerful woman, breaking away from the stereotypical domestic, obedient female.
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