Lysistrata

Lysistrata - their wives at home to their own conventions....

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The power struggle documented in the play Lysistrata exemplifies the ultimate battle between war and lust. This shows the animal instinct that overrules humans at the end of the day, proving that they will always choose pleasure over power, and demonstrating that in the end humans are self-serving beings. The sexual theme of Lysistrata poses the intriguing question of the power of seduction and sex among men and women. Both the men and women, disproving the stereotype that men are more sexual than women, refer to this question at many points in the play. Both genders upon many occasions in the play showed how important sex is to them. This play starts with a gathering of women, including Lysistrata, Kalonike, Myrrhina and, Lampito. These four women are brought together through the discontentment they have with their husbands. The problem is that they are at war for their country thus leaving
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Unformatted text preview: their wives at home to their own conventions. At this point in the play the audience sees the strong sexual drive that these women have as they describe what they have been doing with the absence of their husbands. Right when the women are talking about how much they need sex, Lysistrata proposes a very intriguing tactic to not only end the war, but to make their husbands want them more than ever. She proposes to ban sex until the war is over, but this could only work as long as the women on both sides were willing to participate. This plan consisted of much more than abstaining from sex, but doing everything in their power to seduce their husbands, but make sure they get nothing. These four women from both sides, all sick of having their husbands gone due to the war agree, and plan to start immediately....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course THTR 101 taught by Professor Landis during the Fall '07 term at CofC.

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