The two choruses, both old and fragile, are incredibly comic elements of the text. As the members of the choruses have all reached and passed their prime, there is little sexual tension between the rival groups. It is obvious that Lysistrata sends the Old women of Athens to take the Akropolis because they will be of no use in the sex strike.
Disguised as men, the women sneak into the assembly and command the majority of votes needed to carry their series of revolutionary proposals, even convincing some of the men to vote for it on the grounds that it is the only thing they have not tried. Once in power, Praxagora realizes that she has to come up with some novel and radical proposals.
She and the other women then institute Role chorus lysistrata communist-like government in which the state feeds, houses and generally takes care of every Athenian.
Both property and women are to be henceforth held in common, and they enforce an idea of equality by allowing every man to sleep with every woman, so long as the man first sleeps with an ugly woman before he may sleep with a beautiful one. All slaves are to be publicly owned, and are to to carry out the work currently done by poor people leaving everyone else to live a life of leisure.
All individual households are to be knocked together to form a communal dwelling and all citizens are to dine at the public expense in the various public halls of the city, the particular place of each being determined by lot.
The play ends with a gigantic communal banquet the elaborate menu of which is given in burlesque and with the jubilation of the women over their triumphs. The so-called Golden Age of Athens was therefore long gone by the time this play was being written.
The Aristophanic and Platonic utopias share many aspects in common, including the community of property the community of women and sexual equality. The action moves along swiftly, especially given that the role of the Chorus has been reduced to practically nothing, although towards the middle of the play the action seems to grind to halt, and the humour begins to turn too much on a repetition of the same basic joke.
Interestingly, Praxagora, the protagonist, baldly states in line that, having launched her new social order and achieved her dream, she is now leaving the play. Although the succeeding scenes follow from her innovation, she does not actually control them, and one has the sense of the play losing its way and falling apart somewhat.
Resources English translation Internet Classics Archive:Disney's official site for FROZEN the Musical, slated for Broadway spring following a pre-Broadway engagement summer Mar 17, · In the story Lysistrata, the chorus has a main roll backing both the opinions of the men and women.
This play utilizes the chorus in the fight between the sexes. There is a chorus for the men and for the women. The Chorus of Old Women represents the women Lysistrata sent to take over the Acropolis.
Whether because Ancient Athenian society did not see older women as sexual beings, or because their husbands had already died through war or disease, these women are not part of the sex strike.
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The Role of Chorus in Medea In section 18 of the Poetics Aristotle criticizes Euripides for not allowing "the chorus to be one of the actors and to be a part of the whole and to share in the dramatic action, as in Sophocles.". Returns to the Bourbon Room in the role which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and a Drama League Award nomination.
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