Lysistrata Essay

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Lysistrata, written by Aristophenes, is a comical play revolving around the importance of sex. The play pokes fun at the norms of sexuality by pointing out how men are sex crazed and how women can go about using sex as a means of reaching an end. The story illustrates Lysistrata by gathering all of the women from Greece who have relatives, sons or husbands, in the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata, a Greek woman, is convinced that peace, in order to end the Peloponnesian war, will not be found if men continue to use violence as a means to end the war in place of any compromises or treaties. Lysistrata was written to convey that peace can be achieved through other means besides one adversary beating another in war. Lysistrata was fundamental in ending the Peloponnesian war. The Peloponnesian War was stopped by Lysistrata through the organized mass boycotting of sex by women. Lysistrata planned a meeting between all of the women in Greece in order to stop the war. As Lysistrata waits for the women of neighboring Sparta, Thebes and the surrounding areas to arrive she curses the weakness of women and questions why women have to be the weaker sex. Lysistrata asks the women of Athens to refrain from sex with their husbands in order to sexually starve their husbands into submission, forcing them to end the war. Once the women from the surrounding areas finally got together Lysistrata asked the women to swear an oath that they would withhold sex from their husbands until both sides of the conflict signed a treaty of peace. In Lysistrata there are two major factions, each of the factions is led by an elder called a Koryphaios, the choruses of Old Men and Old Women. A major comical battle takes place between the two factions, the men and the women. The Chorus of Women planned to stay true to their cause of celibacy by barricading themselves in the Akropolis of Athens. The

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