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study guide 2003 lysistrata - Lysistrata By: Aristophanes...

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Lysistrata By: Aristophanes Summary: Lysistrata gathers the women of Athens and Sparta in the front of the Akropolis for the purpose of formulating a plan to help stop the war between Athens and Sparta. Lysistrata asks the women if they would like their husbands to return to them from the war, and the women at first, claim that they would do just about anything to get their husbands back. Then, Lysistrata proposes her plan, to stop sexual activity with their husbands. The women, after hearing this, back down and hesitate to concur to such an act, except Lampito. Soon, however, with the help of Lysistrata’s persuasive arguments, the women consent to her plan. Lysistrata has arranged the seizure of the Akropolis, the Athenian treasury, so no money will go toward the war effort. Kleonike proposes that the women swear on a cup of wine, that they “won’t…dilute it with water,” and the women agree to swear to the plan (366). After all the women swear, the women enter the Akropolis. The elder Athenian men march to the Akropolis carrying firepots with the purpose of burning down the gates of the seized building. The elder women encounter the Koryphaios of Men at the gates, and the women pour water all over the men, putting out their fire. At this moment, the Commissioner of Public Safety arrives to try to settle the dispute. Before the Commissioner and the other men are able to break open the gates with a crowbar, Lysistrata comes out of the Akropolis. Archers attempt to arrest Lysistrata, but all four of the archers that the Commissioner sent forth fail with the help of the other women. After the archers are scared off, Lysistrata begins to tell the Commissioner that the women will stop the war. Then Lysistrata places her veil on the Commissioner’s head and the other women help dress him up as a woman and then beat him off the stage. Then the Chorus of Women and the Chorus of Men display a sexual battle, which results in both the men and women naked. The women soon become filled with desire for sex and make excuses to Lysistrata as to why they have to leave. Then,
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