Summarize the plot of the play.
Message the playwright wanted the audiences to know.
What did you learn about the play?
Strongest scene, and why?
History of playwright’s life – personal, educational, employment, artistic
Describe playwright’s primary genre.
- Important events (political, socio-economical, etc.) that took place when play was written and how these events influenced the playwright.
Explanation & Answer
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
‘Lysistrata’ is a comic play from Aristophanes that romanticizes the Athenian state wars
and the social issues of the time. The plot involves Lysistrata, an Athenian woman who takes it
to herself to stop the Peloponnesian wars between Athens and Sparta. She encourages women to
withhold their sexual pleasures to get men to reason and negotiate out of the war (Stuttart, p.61).
The comic story subsequently ends in a truce between the two sides after the men are unable to
get the women out of their protest.
The message in the story is more of a satirical treatise on the significance of war. The
author in the story attempts to reason out that peace and unity are also vital for society. The
story, therefore, discusses the notion of war and masculinity satirizing that men love war so
much that it may take such uncon...