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medea vs Lysistrata Medea vs Lysistrata Contrasting two strong Greek females Both Medea by Euripides and Lysistrata by Aristophanes illustrate the injustices that women suffered Each author uses strong-willed characters to protest social situations Medea is the victim of divorce She had no say in her situations since in ancient Greece men could divorce their wives with the simple announcement of separation Medeas husband Jason left her when offered the chance to elevate his social status through the marriage of a princess It is because of societys rules that Medea was forced into actions that would later bring about her down fall Society can be held accountable for Medeas tragedy Medea endures great suffering and humiliation because of Jasons divorce A woman in ancient Greece lived with the constant fear that her husband may someday divorce her The same was not true for men No matter how caustic he treated her a woman could not divorce her husband It is because of societys treatment of her that Medea is forced to slay her children Because of societys rules Medea suffers the loss of her children It is actually societyJasons fault for the death of the children Medea kills them in the act of protecting them from facing a much crueler fate Euripides was known speaking out for the suffering Euripides a critic of social injustices used Medea to challenge the way women were treated Medea a cunning strong-minded woman was hurt She used these attributes to hurt the ones that scorned her Although society ultimately destroyed her she was able to demonstrate her strength The women of Lysistrata are the casualties of war These women lost their husbands to war yet are examples of determination They refuse to accept the injustice paid to them Instead they devised a plan to end the war even though it meant self-sacrifice Although the plan was not enthusiastically accepted the women did decide to withhold sex
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