Lysistrata

Lysistrata - Ashay Mehta Honors Humanities 211 Dr. Tobias...

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Ashay Mehta Honors Humanities 211 Dr. Tobias 10/08/09 Lysistrata by Aristophanes is one of the oldest plays that still exist today. This is a classic comedy from Athenian times that portrays the role women play during the Peloponnesian War. Obviously, all of this did not happen yet it is still significant to see the roles of men and especially women at the time. This play, in it, has various different topics and an array of different issues. One of the main topics in this play is the evident downfall of man to his own desire for passion. This also shows the vast intelligence of women especially that of Lysistrata. Essentially, the women overpower the men into calling a truce and making a peace treaty by simply withholding sex from their significant other. There was a comedic struggle throughout but the women, in the end, come out triumphant. Lysistrata is the brains of the whole operation. She was the one to organize the women of Greece to meet and she was also the one who thought of the elaborate plan to withhold sex from the men and to takeover the Akropolis. Men and women in the play and in Greece were very sexually active. Both sexes enjoyed the passion brought forth by intercourse. So, at the time, to practice abstinence was a very bold and radical step.
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