Comparison Of Euripides ' Antigone And Lysistrata

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Fascinatingly, two dramas can be so diverse all because of one aspect they both contain but differ in. Written during the 5th century in ancient Athens. Antigone and Lysistrata both are two important, popular plays that contain a main character that was female. Although they can both be seen as very similar, they do differ in many ways. The most important difference between Antigone and Lysistrata is that Antigone has a community that does not approve of the main character’s plans and although they feel sympathy for her, they take the opposing side, while Lysistrata has a society of people that come together to help the main character achieve her goal. This difference is important because the community’s actions play a tremendous role in the overall outcome of the play and the way the original viewers, who were only men, felt when the play finished. The conclusions and the feelings brought forth by the drama indicate the style it was written in, tragedy or comedy. An ending with a death, leaving an audience feeling sorry creates a tragedy, as an accomplishment from something completely unrealistic would create a comedy. Antigone’s community does not involve themselves with her decisions which leaves her to fight by herself. Furthermore, this influences her tragic fate and leads the male Athenians watching to feel sorry for Antigone but unresponsive of her personal choices. In Lysistrata, the community joins Lysistrata and accomplishes to stop a war that was going on during…
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