By W. John Campbell
Those are the 'Cliff Notes' on Aristophanes' Comedies. Lysistrata, The Birds, The Clouds, and The Frogs. Aristophanes's performs have been comedies, satires, and politically charged. Lysistrata could be his most renowned, facing the facility of intercourse and warfare in a society the place girls have regulate.
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Commentary Essentially, this short scene is a prologue to the next scene, where the final conflict will be resolved. The basic comedy here lies in the initial petulance of the Old Man, who is gradually won over by the ministrations of the Old Woman until the two of them are finally reconciled.
Usually, these early rudiments of drama were performed during the first weeks of seasonal changes, those times associated with planting and harvesting. These were festival timestimes of prayer for good crops, or times of thanksgiving and sacrifice for a good harvest. Film-makers have relished in depicting these colorful and lusty, wine-soaked orgies. From all evidence, however, what we see in the movies is a pale imitation of the original excesses. There was indeed much drinking, but there was also a very serious, sacred dimension to these early, mystical, sacrificial dramasin addition to the abundance of raucous horseplay.
Thus, by the Magistrate's inability to determine whether or not the Herald is a man or Priapus, he is alluding to the grossly exaggerated erection that the Herald has. It seems as though the Herald has an enormous "spear" under his cloak. Page 31 Scene XI (Confrontation between the Leader of Men and the Leader of Women) Summary The Leader of Men tries to be rigidly stubborn and firmly refuses to be reconciled with the women until the Leader of Women helps the Old Man with his cloak and then helps him get a gnat out of his eye.
Aristophanes' Lysistrata: The Birds, The Clouds, The Frogs (Cliffs Notes) by W. John Campbell