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How do the methods used by Lysistrata to accomplish her plight differ from those used by Laura?

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Max Webster How do the methods used by Lysistrata to accomplish her plight differ from those used by Laura? Lysistrata is a play about one woman's plan to end a war by calling on all the women of Greece to perform a sex strike. She uses this to blackmail the men into ending the war, but her method involves various tactics that enable her to win the respect of the men and ultimately resolve the conflict on her terms. It is not simply a case of persuading all the women to adopt temporary celibacy with their husbands. The Father also involves a woman who is in conflict with her husband, but of course its most obvious difference from Lysistrata is that it is more focused, as it only involves one man and one woman, it is domestic rather than public. Both plays start with a conflict (in Lysistrata, the women's opposition to war; in The Father, a dispute over the education of their daughter) and go on to show how the female character is able to achieve dominance and get their way. Both Laura and Lysistrata use a number of methods to outwit the men in the plays and in this essay I aim to examine these and decide in what ways they are similar and different. ...read more.

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Laura however is scheming for one sole purpose and that is for 'control' of her daughter, although this also conveniently ties in with her wish to always get her own way. Pastor: 'If she (Laura) set her mind on anything when she was a child, she used to lie like a corpse till she got it, and then as likely as not she would give it back, explaining that she didn't care about the thing, whatever it was, but about getting her own way ' This shows a lot about the way in which she thinks and works. Laura, it seems, acts with malice and to some extent, with a wish to cause pain for the Captain, though this happens as she loses sight of her motives. Both Lysistrata and Laura have accomplices in their plans, though for different reasons. Lysistrata needs all the women's help as her plan is only possible on a large scale with all Max Webster the women involved. Laura needs the support of people in official positions such as the doctor in order to be able to convince everyone that her husband has gone mad. The ways in which they manipulate these other characters into helping them also differ. Lysistrata persuades the women in the first scene by creating first excitement, 'Myrrhina: From what? ...read more.

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Lysistrata actually has to stop people leaving the Acropolis as they even start making excuses, 'I want to go home: I have a Milesian fleece at home which is getting moth eaten'. From this we can see that the group of women are becoming restless and are starting to regret their 'vows', Lysistrata manages to contain this by a reading from the oracle, which she has fabricated. Laura keeps talking to the Doctor constantly assuring him of the Captains illness and portraying herself as the weaker sex, she exploits her stereotype to get sympathy from the doctor. The main differences between the methods used by Lysistrata and Laura are that, Laura uses lies and deceit to persuade those around her that she is telling the truth; in short she is lying to convince those around her of another lie, that the Captain is insane. Lysistrata on the other hand tells the truth, explains the situation and only lies about one major thing, the oracle, yet it is all a means to a happy end. The differences in the methods are also caused by the different motives behind Lysistrata and Laura's plights. Laura, to an extent, loses sight of her original motives about schooling her daughter as her realisation of her ability to destroy the Captain overshadows it. Lysistrata, however, is concerned with creating peace between countries and with living in harmony with men. Word count: 1425 1 ...read more.

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