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A descriptive discussion about Aristophanes' Lysistrata-- includes major themes and plays motifs. As well as general plot description and conflict analysis.


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The play of Lysistrata written by Aristophanes takes place during the Peleponnesian War in the twelfth year of the struggle. The conflict which is the central plot of the play begins in the spring when Thebes, a Spartan ally, attacked Plataea, an ally of Athens. The war fell into three phases: First came ten years of intermittent fighting, concluded by an uneasy truce in 421. However in 415 Athens launched a massive and ill-fated assault against Sicily. The brutal fighting continued for six year until the end for Athens came in 405, when the Spartan navy under Lysander decisively defeated the Athenians in the battle of Aegospotami.
Aristophanes introduces his audience to Lysistrata an intelligent and determined woman who is fed up with the war and the fatality of her friend's husbands and spending her nights alone. Determined to end the fighting Lysistrara conceives a clever way to end the war with a sex strike. She convinces her fellow females from Corinth, Sparta and Boeotia to be relentless in their withhold from sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached among the nations. At first the women are reluctant ...