Explain how the women are portrayed in Lysistrata.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original question had to be edited.  Through his work, Aristophanes shows how women display a sense of unity with amongst one another.  The solidarity that women show in the work is seen as a part of their character.  Whereas men are shown to be driven by splitting the bonds of connection that exist between them, women are shown to cherish connection and uphold the connective threads that exist between one another.  Lysistrata and the Greek women display one aspect of this. Yet, when Lysistrata is able to secure Lampito's help in doing the same with the Spartan women, it brings out the solidarity that is intrinsic to the portrayal of  women in the drama.  The Greek and Spartan women display solidarity with their own people and with one another.  The idea of consensus in consciousness is what the drama defines as what it means to be a woman.

I think that a fundamental sharpness of mind is included in how women are portrayed in the drama.  The women being able to construct a plan to withhold sex from men, as well as asserting control over financial affairs of the state are two conditions that Aristophanes displays, showing an intelligence within women.  This same sharpness of mind is what drives the women to seek a plan to stop the impact of the war, in the first place.  Women are shown to be critical thinkers who go outside what is into what can be, a quality shared by individual women in the drama so as to see it as how the drama portrays women, in general.