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The concept of Women Behaving Badly must vary according to time period culture gender and authorial purpose Discuss in relation to Lysistrata and Wife of Bath Prologue and Tale Through the texts Lysistrata by Aristophanes and the Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale by Chaucer there is the underlying concept of Women Behaving Badly the concept of women acting out of place in society The concept of women behaving badly is appropriated and varied to suit both texts according to the time period culture authorial purpose and gender However the must in the discussion question above is questionable as there may be eternal and invariable standards ideas and expectations There is no such thing as women behaving badly and rather it is women seen as behaving badly and whether a woman is seen as behaving badly will depend on the audience and their ideas which are affected by factors including time period culture gender and authorial purpose Examples of this are seen in Lysistrata and the Wife of Bath where the concept of women behaving badly is appropriated to suit the audience of the times Lysistrata set in 5th century BC Greek society shows how one woman can go against the social standards of ancient Greek society and lead a force of women to stop the long and ongoing war that Greece was fighting in In Lysistrata we can see how the concept of women behaving badly is appropriated to suit the time period culture and authorial purpose In it Aristophanes appropriated the concept of women behaving badly by making the character of Lysistrata do something that would be unthinkable for woman in that time period and culture In the time period of 5th century BC Greece women were seen as simply sex-crazy creatures that could not do anything of importance let alone stop a war Yet Lysistrata did this and by doing this became a
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