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How does the comedy in Lysistrata differ from the comedy of one of William Shakespeare’s comedies, such as Taming of the Shrew?

Consider the ways in which Lysistrata attacks Athenian society and discuss the effectiveness of ridicule and irony in changing political decisions. Would such satire be effective in attacking politicians today? Or do modern politicians simply ignore satire?

How are the men’s attitudes toward women depicted in this play, and how do the women respond to the men’s attack? Who do you think demonstrates the stronger position?

Research the war between Sparta and Athens. Does Aristophanes’ attack on Athenian society reflect the uselessness of this war? That is, is the playwright correct in having Lysistrata point out that both Sparta and Athens would be better off uniting to fight a common enemy?

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