Lysistrata Summary

Lysistrata Summary

The name "Lysistrata" means "Destroyer of the war." This name was given to the fantastic character in Aristophanes’s play about how women with their feminine means achieved what could not man - put an end to a huge war. The war was between Athens and Sparta, it lasted for ten years. After a few years of truce the war began again. Aristophanes desperate that landlords won’t be able to cope with the war, and he writes the comedy-fairy tale, where the world is inside out, where women are smarter and stronger than men, where Lysistrata really destroys the war, this man's disastrous venture. How? Arranging general Greek women's strike.

Each strike begins with the collusion. Lysistrata collects for collusion the women-deputies from all over Greece on the square in front of the Acropolis in Athens. They gather rather slowly – one has laundry, one concoction, another is busy with children. Lysistrata is angry, but finally they all came. They all miss their husbands and want the war to stop, and Lysistrata proposes not to sleep with them, not let touch them to the point when they achieve the peace. They are ready to do anything, but not this. Persuasions begin. But what if they take them with force? Lysistrata proposes to lie like a log and let him be tormented. Finally they all agreed to bring solemn oath over a huge wineskin.

Words are said, so he deeds begin. The chorus of women takes the Athenian acropolis. Chorus of men - of course, the elderly, the young are at the war, - goes to the acropolis with attack. The old men shake with flaming torches, women are threatening with buckets of water. There occurs hassle, fight, and old men run back drenched. One of the men says that Euripides is the wisest of poets: he said about women that there are no shameless creatures. The two choruses start bickering.

On the stage, barely moving his feet walks to the oldest state adviser. There begins the main part of any Greek drama - the dispute. "Why don’t you mind your own business? - Adviser says. - War is men’s thing!" "No, - replies Lysistrata - we are losing men at war, we give birth to children for the war, we do care about peace and order!" - "You, women, want to rule the state?" - "We, the women , rule the household, and not bad”.

Advisor and chorus, of course, cannot withstand such impudence again begin bickering, fights, dashing songs from both sides, and again women go out winners.

But it is too early to celebrate. Women are people too, missing their men, and only look how to run from the acropolis, and Lysistrata catches them and makes come back. Again persuasions, again admonitions. Under the wall of the Acropolis appears abandoned husband, his name is Kynes, which means "Pusher". He asks his woman to come and please him, but she disappears, and the man is writhing in passion and singing, howling about his suffering. The chorus of old men sympathizes with him.

There is nothing to do, they must bring the peace. Immediately the Athenian and Spartan gather and understand each other without words. Negotiations begin. Lysistrata also comes recalling the ancient friendship and alliance, praising them for valor, rebuking for absurd contention. Everyone wants the peace, and wives, and plowing and harvest, and children, and drink, and fun as soon as possible. And, looking at Lysistrata, exclaim: "What a clever!" not forgetting to add: "how beautiful". And in the background women's choir flirts with the old man's chorus.

Peace is concluded, the choirs sing; "Evil do not remember, evil forget! ..." The Athenian and Spartan husbands snapping their wives and singing and dancing diverge from the scene.

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