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The Satire of Lysistrata In Aristophanes play Lysistrata the Greek city-states were constantly warring one another While the men were off fighting in the wars the women were left at home to do all of the work themselves One of the Greek women Lysistrata was so tired of being left at home while her husband was fighting in the war she called all of the other Greek women in for a meeting Lysistrata had a plan for peace no sex until the wars were stopped She waited for all of the women to show up before she told them of her plan She convinced the other Greek women to go along with her idea of a sex strike The men were in agony over not having any kind of sexual activity at home They were so miserable that they offered a treaty to stop the wars The play was written to be humorous but it also proves a point Aristophanes wrote the play to entertain but he also wanted people to understand the importance of the war Lysistrata says War shall be the concern of womenll549 Lysistrata explains to the other Greek women that their men are not the only ones who should be concerned about the war The satire of the play is that the war is a very serious matter but is made in a humorous play when the women decide to withhold sexual activity from their husbands The women are determined to stop the war no matter what it takes Lysistrata believes that if women were included in the decisions of the Greek society then Greece would be better off She explains First you ought to treat the city as we do when we wash the dirt out of fleece stretch it out and pluck and thrash out of the city all those prickly scoundrels Aye and card out those who conspire and stick together to gain office
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