Aristophanes Essays

  • The Supernatural In Shakespeare's King Lear And Macbeth

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    England in Shakespeare’s time was established on the basis of divine order, which stated that the monarch was placed by God to preside over the commoners and animals. Shakespeare, in King Lear and Macbeth, explores the idea of an unnatural society, one that has been destabilized through the malevolent agents of the supernatural. Shakespeare conveys the supernatural in Macbeth through recognizable characters, such as the weird sisters, but utilizes only imagery and action to mention the supernatural

  • Essay On Lysistrata

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    Lysistrata is a Greek comedy written by Aristophanes in 411 B.C. The version of Lysistrata that I have chosen to direct was translated by Charles T. Murphy in 1957. Murphy’s interpretation of the comedy illustrates story of Lysistrata’s devotion to end the Peloponnesian War in a new, contemporary approach. If I were to direct this play, I would aim for the audience to not only understand the plot, but also learn from the performance and leave talking about my artistic adaptations of the comedy. In

  • The Odyssey: The Joys Of Equality In The Odyssey

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    Equality Within the comforts of the modernized human civilization that we all experience on a daily basis, a person can easily forget how privileged they are to be existing in such a time of human equality. However, times were not always as pleasant as they currently are, as different diversities of people were not only shamed for their race, gender or ethnicity, but they were abused for it. That being said, if abusive behaviors like human trafficking and racial discrimination can still be found

  • Hypocrisy, Explusion And Truth In Thomas Swift's Gullivers Travels

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    Truth-telling and lying, authenticity and hypocrisy, and illusion and reality make up the back bone of Gullivers Travels. The novel also explores self- discovery and awareness. Swift uses extreme amounts of satire and irony to present these themes in a complex understanding of how lying fits into human nature. There is an long history of the idea that literature is not only an image, but a lie. Ancient Greek poet Hesiod tells us that it is a gift to the muses to “speak many false things as though

  • Narcissism In Julius Caesar

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    Government is an ever changing necessity in society, always developing and constantly adapting to the world around it. For centuries, civilizations have posed the question: how do we govern the best? Perhaps it is one that may not contain the perfect answer, however two forms of government have continuously been present in history that have made their notable mark on the world: a monarchy, ruled by one figure, and a democracy, ruled by the people. In England, a monarchy has been the dominant form

  • Socialization In Political Culture

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    Political socialization is the process by which people formed their ideas about politics. It's the lifelong development of a person's political values. There are two types of political socialization primary and secondary. Though most political socialization occurs during childhood, people continue to shape their political values throughout their lives (Dugger n.d). This basically means that political socialization is the process by which political culture is developed and maintained. It is what is

  • Dionysus Character Analysis Essay

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    Eventually, Pentheus becomes crazy with a need to know the details of the women’s actions. “The more terrible the things you tell me about those Bacchic women, the worse I'll move against the one who taught them all their devious tricks” (13). His anger, his delusion, and his violence is fueled by the continuing actions of the Bacchae. He’s only able to continue on his rampage if the Bacchae continue express their femininity and he’s told about their actions - it becomes an addiction. Finally, when

  • Voltaire And Socrates Comparison

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    Compare and contrast Socrates' attitude about philosophy (Apology and Allegory of the Cave Readings) with the Good Brahmin's (Voltaire) attitude Introduction: Philosopher Socrates and Voltaire are forces whose attitudes about philosophy bear little resemblance in one aspect but differ in several aspects. Although Socrates had a distinct view of things pertaining to knowledge as well as Voltaire, comparing and contrasting the attitudes of these philosophers provide a unique opportunity to capture

  • Small Frogs Killed On The Highway Analysis

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    Living life everyday in a monotonous mechanical fashion is considered a subpar style of life for many. In Small Frogs Killed on the Highway By James Wright, Wright conveys a message perfectly touching on the issue of taking chances. The speaker of the poem reflects on his past choices through describing frogs optimizing their opportunities by deciding to risk death and attempt to cross a road. Throughout the poem Wright uses objects riddled with either deeper meanings or dual meanings. Why are frogs

  • The Frogs By Aristophanes Analysis

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    Disguise and What Lies Beyond: Aristophanes’ “The Frogs” Aristophanes’ comedies are numbered among the greatest creations of the human spirit, they are a triumph of the creative imagination over the debilitating constraints of reality, a flight into a realm of absolute freedom. “It is to this absolute freedom of spirit which is utterly consoled in advance in every human undertaking”, wrote G.W.F. Hegel, “that Aristophanes conducts us”. As a playwright, Aristophanes is associated with the tradition

  • Aristophanes Quote Analysis

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    Aristophanes was a comic playwright in ancient Athens. During his life, he wrote many quotes. One of his most famous quotes is a quote that is harsh but very true. Aristophanes said, “Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” Everyone needs to read this quote because it might teach someone to not Aristophanes said that youth ages. When we are young, we are considered youth. As we get older, we start to get wrinkles and our memory

  • Aristophanes The Frog Analysis

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    In case of fifth century Athens politics needs reformation so Aristophanes brought the corruption of political leaders on stage. Chorus in the Frogs: Muse of the sacred dances, advance and come to enjoy my song, to see the great throng of people, where wits sit by the thousand more honorable than Cleophon, on whose babbling lips roars terribly a Thracian swallow sitting on an alien leaf. (675-84) Oratory had evidently fallen from her high estate. That the eloquence of Cleophon was of an inferior

  • Aristophanes The Legend Of Socrates

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    Aristophanes was a very witty and comical writer. In The Clouds Socrates was very sarcastically portrayed. Nonetheless, Aristophanes depicts Socrates as an atheist with a quick temper who lacks patience. In the writing he’s in charge of “The Thinkery”, this is a school that consists of pupils who have a materialistic

  • Analysis Of The Clouds, By Aristophanes

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    The Clouds, written by Aristophanes is written and set in Athens, ancient Greece. A main motif in the drama is the conflict between old and new. Strepsiades, the main character, is an old countryman and a traditionalist. He puts his hopes of getting rid of his debts on the new education, which backfires. In The Clouds, Aristophanes suggests that traditional values are right, so Athens and the rest of the world should keep the ‘old’ ways and not get blinded by the corruption of the youth. In the

  • Analysis Of Lysistrata By Aristophanes

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    Introduction The purpose of this essay is to investigate the women’s role in Classical Greece society and literature (5th/4th century b.C.). Therefore, I decided to discuss and analyse one of the most controversial comedies of that time, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. This text shows how women, sick of their submissive and powerless position in the political scenario of Athens and Sparta, come on the scene and, through a smart stratagem, achieve their expected result. Women’s power in the play contrasts the

  • Socrates In The Clouds By Aristophanes And The Apology

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    In The Clouds, by Aristophanes, and The Apology by Plato, Socrates is illustrated in distinctive ways. In The Clouds, Aristophanes tries to expose Socrates and his followers, the Sophists. In his play, Aristophanes shows that Socrates is contaminating the young men of Athens, and he uses mockery to magnify a lot of the lessons delivered by Socrates. Plato, who was a devoted advocate of Socrates, portrayed his advisor in a positive way. Even though majority of The Apology is literally a speech narrated

  • Blindness In Aristophanes Oedipus The King

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    The conceit that Wealth is blind dates at least back to the complaints of Hipponax (6th cent.). The attempt to cure his blindness, though, occurs for the first time in extant literature in Aristophanes’ Wealth, produced in 388. This paper argues that Aristophanes’ innovative treatment of Wealth’s blindness echoes the transformation of Oedipus in Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, produced in 402. This is not to suggest that Wealth is an all-out parody of Oedipus at Colonus. Wealth’s engagement with

  • Oppression Of Women In Lysistrata By Aristophanes

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    By presenting readers with a strong central female character, Aristophanes is showing both sides of women—the influential and the subservient. While Lysistrata is unquestionably the ring-leader of the political movement, there are elements of her character that are more masculine than the other females we encounter, which serves to lend this tale some degree of credibility since male (and likely female) audiences of the time would have found the plot to be completely unbelievable if the main character

  • Aristophanes Speech On Love Analysis

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    In Aristophanes speech of love is designed to make us find our other half. As well as, the idea of two in one is stronger than being separated from one another. Emphasizing that humans are not meant to be alone and that it inspires courageous actions like self-sacrifice. Not to mention, the act of love is dependent on your other half and be willing to die for one another. Clearly, it never mentions much about one-sided love or love other than for another human being. In accordance to this, it mentions

  • Comparing Plato's Symposium By Phaedrus And Aristophanes

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    Response Paper 1: Plato’s Symposium Plato’s symposium wad seven speeches, but two that really made me think were from Phaedrus and Aristophanes. Phaedrus has mentioned that love is the oldest god. It is the highest good that tries to guide men. He tries to explain that love is so strong that is even exceeds honor and has the ability to please the gods. Many people have tried to fight for love and by fighting in the name of love the gods are honored. Phaedrus tries to explain that love is what