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By April GibbsLysistrata by AristophanesI think the story of Lysistrata is both interesting and surprising I didnot expect a story that was written in 411 BC to have much of anything Icould relate to our world today Aristophanes deals with very real everyday issues in this story Although he is actually poking fun at them by makingthe situations as absurd as possible there are still many very real topicsdiscussed in this work I think the most prevalent theme is that of genderroles and how they are viewed It is obvious that Athenian men think thatthe women are inferior and the women seem to have accepted this as theirposition in society Even Aristophanes himself must have thought this towrite such lines as What could women do thats clever or distinguishedWe just sit around all dolled up in silk robes looking pretty in our sheergowns and evening slippers 468 It seems unlike women of this time tosay such things as Calonice did but to get across the point of womens toleranceof such behaviors it proves very effective I was also surprised by the candor of the characters dialogs As much asthe women are portrayed inferior and not to have voice on such issues aswar and politics it seems unlikely they would be prepared to speak so easilyto the men they are subservient to Aristophanes makes it clear that eventhough the women to not have a voice on these subjects they are continuallythinking They listen to their fathers brothers and husbands talk and learnfrom them They are able to form their own opinions about the subjects butat the same time they never share their thoughts Lysistrata says Formerlywe endured the war for a good long time with our usual restrain no matterwhat you men did You wouldnt let us say boo although nothing you didsuited us 480 All this time the women remained silent afraid to sayanything about their affairs to their own husbands in the privacy of
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