Theme Of Double Duty In Plautus 'PlayCasina'

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Plautus’ play Casina shows another example of “double duty” typically seen in Greek tragedies, wherein the female characters are used to explore issues that are not commonly approached by men. Throughout Casina, we could see “double duty” through the actions and behaviors of its female characters, most especially in Cleostrata. Problematic issues throughout the women include the topic of infidelity in Cleostrata’s and Lysidamus’ marriage and property. Furthermore, the ending of Casina endorses the Greek status quo by allowing Cleostrata to stay and forgive her husband.
“Double duty” is seen quite frequently in the play. In the case for Myrrhina, their female neighbor and Cleostrata’s good friend, the audience sees instances where more than once, she reminds Cleostrata that of a woman’s place in society when she mentions that “men usually complain about their wives” and that “no decent woman should have property behind her husband’s back” (Plautus, p. 122). However, not all of the situations involving “double duty” were according to Roman culture as a majority of them were shown to be against the norm and primarily done by Cleostrata.
Cleostrata is shown to be a very dominant figure in the play. Apart from being the one to complain about the mistreatment she receives from her husband (Plautus, p. 122), Lysidamus says aloud to his two servants that she is the one to “give orders” (Plautus, p. 133). She not only orders and speaks authoritatively to her husband and servants
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