Lysistrata Analysis Essay

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“Lysistrata” is a tale which is centered around an Athenian woman named Lysistrata and her comrades who have taken control of the Acropolis in Athens. Lysistrata explains to the old men how the women have seized the Acropolis to keep men from using the money to make war and to keep dishonest officials from stealing the money. The opening scene of “Lysistrata” enacts the stereotypical and traditional characterization of women in Greece and also distances Lysistrata from this overused expression, housewife character. The audience is met with a woman, Lysistrata, who is furious with the other women from her country because they have not come to discuss war with her. The basic premise of the play is, Lysistrata coming up with a plan to put an …show more content…
The old men protest how the women they have nourished all these years have turned against them and seized a sacred shrine. Although, while the men are busy with their smoking logs, the women walk in carrying pitchers of water which they will pour over the fires which the men have set. The old men and old women trade insults, but the women will not back down, and they empty their water over the heads of the old men. When the magistrate arrives, he tells the men the women’s behavior is the result of the men spoiling their women and treating them with gentleness when they do not deserve to be cherished. The magistrate orders the men to force open the doors, but he moves to a safe distance to watch.
When the doors are forced open, Lysistrata emerges. The magistrate orders her arrested, but the policeman is too intimidated by Lysistrata to arrest her. The other women join Lysistrata in defying the policemen, who are too cowed to follow the magistrate’s orders to seize the women. The magistrate responds to the women’s actions with a claim, they shall never lose to women and the newly brave police attack the women, but they are soon beaten off and in retreat. The women say they can administer the money, since they are used to administering the household money. Lysistrata also tells the magistrate how the women have been patient while the men got ready for the war and refused to listen to any advice.

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