Power And Power Of Women In Lysistrata By Aristophanes

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Aristophanes is thought to have been born between 447 and 445 BC in Athens, during a period in which Athens had cultural and political dominance in Greece. In Athens during the year 411, the disapproval of the war by wealthy citizens led to the destruction of the democracy and the creation of an oligarchy. Aristophanes wrote Lysistrata during this time of political strife. Lysistrata is a play about a Lysistrata, an Athenian matron, that asks all the women of Greece to refrain from having sex with their husbands until the men sign a peace treaty to end the Peloponnesian war. The women’s power and leadership displayed in the play was in direct contrast with the legitimate role of women in Ancient Greece. Lysistrata shows women of strength, power, and determination. Although, Aristophanes occasionally presents the women in a stereotypical manner, his positive portrayals of women overwhelms this, whereas the men in his play are never shown in a favorable fashion. Regardless of Aristophanes's intent, I argue that the ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, empowers women even to this day.
Aristophanes shows the intelligence and power of women in his play Lysistrata. The women in Ancient Greece had little rights, especially in politics. Women stayed at home and were kept separate from society. Their primary role was to birth and care for children. However, in Lysistrata, the women are intervening in politics, and Lysistrata works as the leader that bands the women of Greece together.
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