Essay on Lysistrata Written by Aristophanes

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Episode 1 Depicting Violence
In this scene in Lysistrata, set in ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiates a sexual strike against men in order to end war. There is ample evidence of not only Lysistrata exhibiting both kinds of courage but other women as well. There are a number of obstacles that threaten to derail the wives’ strike before it is even fully set out upon. The most persistent one is the women’s own hunger for sex, already badly malnourished as they are by the never-ending war. While this is the hurdle to which Aristophanes returns to the most often (because it’s funny and this is a comedy), it is not the most dire in terms of consequences. Lysistrata says, “Just imagine: we’re at home, beautifully made up, wearing our sheerest
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And what of natural intelligence I own Has been filled out with the remembered precepts My father and the city elders taught me You sprinkle from one cup The altars common to all Hellenes, yet You wrack Hellenic cities, bloody Hellas With deaths of her own sons, while yonder clangs The gathering menace of barbarians.”
These masculine failings are embodied in the violent words of the Chorus of Old Men in the play, who threaten time and again the feminists of Lysistrata with their laws of hatred. Their generalizations about women, and their threats, find their meaning in the inclusive, hopeful vision of the women: “Disenfranchised or citizens, allies or aliens, pell-mell the lot of them in we will squeeze Till they discover humanity’s meaning.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Episode 1 Depicting violence:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about the way humans deal with trauma. Shakespeare sets this up in the beginning of the play using the characters Theseus and Hypolita and their relationship, which evidently starts with violence. Theseus says, “Hippolyta, I woo’d thee with my sword, And won thy love, doing thee injuries, But I will wed thee in another key: With pomp, with triumph, and with reveling”. (I. i.16-19)

Theseus is guilty of linking violence and love. He wooes

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