CL 101-Essay 2

CL 101-Essay 2 - Lo 1 Allison Lo CL 101 Professor Alonge...

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Lo Allison Lo CL 101 Professor Alonge May 2, 2007 Writing Assignment 2: Is Euripides’ Trojan Women or Aristophanes’ Lysistrata a more compelling anti-war play? The Trojan Women and Lysistrata are both Greek classics that campaign an anti- war message to readers and audiences. However, the two differ in that Euripides’ Trojan Women is a tragedy and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is a comedy. The Trojan Women takes place between the sack of Troy and the Greek fleet’s departure home and narrates the tragedy that befalls the women of Troy. The women are made slaves and dealt out to Greek men. On the other hand, Lysistrata narrates Lysistrata’s scheming plan to end the warfare between the Athenians and Spartans. The women of Athens, Spartan and other Greek areas secretly meet together and plan on holding out on their husbands and plan on refraining from sexual activities until the men sign a peace treaty to end the war. While both genres send anti-war messages, Trojan Women is a more compelling anti-war play because Euripides dramatizes the event and depicts the horrors of warfare more vividly than Aristophanes does in Lysistrata . Comedies and tragedies have their pros and cons when conveying specific messages to audiences. However, when relaying the message of anti- war, I believe that there is something inherent to tragedies that make this genre better suited to serving this purpose. Tragedies tend to be more dramatic and over-emphasize things. Tragedies also make the specific event seem more ominous than it really is, thus grabbing audiences’ 1
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Lo attention and makes people focus more on the message being spread. For example, in the Trojan Women , Hecuba speaks out against Helen and blames her for starting the war. Hecuba slanders Helen’s character and calls her the “fatal bride of Menelaus, Castor her
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