Lysistrata, By Aristophanes : Satire And Satire Essay

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“Since his [Aristophanes’] plays were often sharply critical of Athenian policies, his ability to make people laugh was essential to conveying his message. He was a practitioner of what we now call Old Comedy, an irreverent form that ridiculed and insulted prominent people and important institutions” (80).

Consistent with the textbook, The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama, the play Lysistrata by Aristophanes contains the elements of satire with its notable humors that ridicule his contemporary time’s politicians. Simply, he used his contemporary political figures, who caused the war and unable to stop the war, and the situation in war of his time as important factors for his humors that he is famous for. Consequently, his play Lysistrata aims to mock satirically his contemporary public figures, many of whom people in modern era do not recognize but contemporary Athenians know. That is, Lysistrata actually tries to make fun of the politicians by women, who were not even humans in eyes of Athenians, win over them in the play, describing their incompetence even below women who were thought to be unable to politically rule. Yet, do the men in the play signify all men in Athene? Simply, the textbook explains, “[t]he men encountered by the heroine Lysistrata (whose name means ‘disband the army’) on the Acropolis—men who guard the national security and the national treasury—are old and decrepit. The young men are in the field” (p.81). That is, the powerless men in the play
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