A Comparison Of Lysistrata And Much Ado About Nothing

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At first glance, Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes in 411 B.C., and Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare in 1598 or 1599, seem to have very little in common. However, upon further inquiry, they are actually similar in many ways. Both plays feature a strong female lead, which was unusual for that time period. They also both feature a battle between the genders. Much Ado About Nothing features a more subtle, romantic type battle, while Lysistrata has a physical battle between the men and the women. Both plays also involve lies and trickery. This trickery and deception is the basis of much of the humor for these plays. The biggest commonality between them, is that they both mask a deep question through their humor. Lysistrata is very passionate about her cause and will not back down. She stands up for what she believes in and inspires others to do the same. Lysistrata is strong willed and does not let any of her gang back out at any point. This is shown when the women are trying to leave the Akropolis to go home: “Woman: 'Oh dear, oh goodness, what shall I do- my flax! I left and forgot to peal it!' Lysistrata: ' Another one. She suffers from unpeeled flax -Get back inside!'” (Lysistrata, page 71). When her fellow cohorts started to wane, she kept them all in line. Lysistrata is overall a very confident and strong woman. Much Ado About Nothing features Beatrice, a very confident, rebellious woman as well. She goes against all the standards of the age

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