wat does compare and contrast the ways in which two plays present the idea of women who 'break the rules' mean?
What rules are they breaking?
M plays are Ophelia thinks hard, Ophelia thinks harder by J Betts and Lysistrata by Aristophanes
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The question asks you to analyze what you have read in the two plays, paying specific attention to the idea of women who "break the rules."
"Compare and contrast" asks you to first find similarities (compare) as to how the topic of women breaking rules is presented. You could briefly summarize each play and write about what both plays have in common regarding "women breaking the rules," supported with specific examples from the text.
Next, in contrasting the two plays, you would summarize and show how they each handle the theme of "women who break the rules" differently, supported with specific examples.
In other words, in the comparison you might be able to find what is common between both plays in the rules the women break? Do they break the same kinds of rules? In contrasting the two plays, you might well address the consequences in each play for the women who broke the rules: are the consequences the same, or are the consequences in each different?
You might also want to draw some kind of conclusion as to what you think about what you have discovered.
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