The Comedy Lysistrata By Aristophanes

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The comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes is the absurd story of a group of women unifying to stop the Peloponnesian War. Written in 411 BC, in the middle of the Peloponnesian War, this play offers a unique look at the state of the people during the war. However, analyzing this play, one must be able to separate the historical facts from the prose. In Lysistrata the characters do not directly represent the daily behavior of the Classical Greeks through the actor’s flamboyant actions, emotions, and interactions with others. Instead, one must look beyond to find what these superfluous behaviors represent. Many of the actions the actors in Lysistrata commit, show the fictitious nature of the characters. One of the most outstanding examples of this is the sex strike the women participate in, in order to end the war. The idea of several women organizing a nationwide sex strike in a matter of days or weeks is completely ludicrous. The lack of communication infrastructure, the inability to read and write, and the territorial disputes would have made secretly organizing a strike of this magnitude in Classical Greece logistically impossible. Even if one is able to look past the systematic error, it would still be unreasonable to believe that a sex strike would end a war. A sex strike is simply too insignificant to overcome the political and economic factors of the war for Athens and Sparta. This shows the irrational and improper behavior of the characters who end the war within a matter
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