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Essay of Comparison Aristophanes and Molieres comedies depict women who can be described as straightforward bold-spirited witty and loyal In Tartuffe and Lysistrata the characters Dorine and Lysistrata display well-developed independent and intelligent characters Lysistrata is the hero of her country as she becomes a revolutionist Dorine is a wise servant who sees through all pretenses and while being the inferior in terms of social position she is the superior in any contest of wits These two comedies use very smart women who overcome boundaries which are set by man to achieve the their goals Lysistrata insisted that women have the intelligence and judgment to make political decisions She came by her knowledge she says in the traditional way I am a woman but I dont lack sense Im of myself not badly off for brains and often listening to my fathers words and old mens talk Ive not been badly schooled In her culture gender had very defined roles and there really wasnt any room for leeway Women were property Something to own to gaze upon to fulfill sexual needs and desires and to bear and raise children Because she wanted hers and the other women of Greece husbands to come home she set in motion a revolution by uniting the ladies from the various cities of Greece Lysistratas plan makes her the leader of these women by touching on their soft spots the lack of their men in their beds She uses her out spoken strong female role to unite to the women and end the Peloponnesian War In a time when women were revered as brainless incubators Dorine provides feminine insight intuition and the raw sensibility of a woman Dorine a low-class ladys maid to Mariane in Tartuffe uses the true voice of reason in this play She uses her sarcastic wit to openly challenge Orgon the head of the house when he tells Mariane that Tartuffe is to be her husband
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