• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Love or Lust? Women in Lysistrata compared to Women in Death and the Maiden

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Love and Lust Richard Rodgers, a famous American composer once remarked, 'do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?' Love and lust are vastly different entities the difference of which is like the difference between the surface of an ocean, in comparison to its deep aquatic life. Lust is an attraction solely founded on physical appeal, or like an ocean's surface, one's outer appearances. In contrast, love is a complex attraction based on the appeal of character, virtuous attributes, or the appeal of personality. Love is earned, developed and maintained; whereas lust can be the outcome of a single glance, and endures until one's desires are fulfilled. ...read more.

Middle

Aristophanes uses sexual and graphic phrases such as, "who move in my direction in erection," and describes the men's sexual tension by stating that each man was roaming streets with "walking sticks," and the frequent phrase "I want sex". Near the end of the play, `Reconciliation`- a nude female figure was presented before the men, and acted as a crude embodiment of physical desire, or lust. The men overcome by the physical beauty of her bare figure- subdued by the power of lust and slavery of the eyes, gave in to the women`s demands and agreed to end the war. In contrast, the relationship between Gerardo and Paulina in the book Death and the Maiden, is a pure representation of love. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, the epitome of their love is within their argumentative dialogue- one that vents steam, but does not boil. Ariel Dorfman encapsulates the relationship of husband and wife and the love therein by showing that there are conflicts, but the mutual love causes a compromise that leads to a solution. By examining the relationship between Paulina and Roberto, in contrast to the characters of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, the difference between love and lust is made clear. Paulina and Roberto were able to survive through the harshest times, allowing their relationship to continue on the basis of compromise. On the other hand, the wild, untamable forces of lust lead to the end of a war in Ancient Greece. Love and lust are contrasting entities, nestled in opposite spectrums. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. In Susie Orbachs, Fat as a Feminist Issue she argues that women who are ...

    Women these days have different attitudes towards their bodies. I know women that like being on the bigger side because they feel having that extra meat can come along way as to a woman who basically has none. Obese women are something that men tend to go for because it

  2. Women. It is a well known fact that no matter if we are ...

    There is no question, those women who differ from us, cultural wise, may be the hardest to form a relationship with - Especially in a high school where everyone comes from different backgrounds - And yet we attempt again and again, to perceive and understand their thoughts.

  1. The Quiet American: The Possibility/Impossibility of Love-

    because she is one of the people who don't have these obsessions. Is there really a possibility of love in this novel? Fowler and Phuong clearly have a close relationship but is it love? Even though Fowler doesn't think that he loves Phuong the same way that he loved another woman, there are signs that hint that he actually does.

  2. Empowering Women in Richard the Third

    Elizabeth, in this case, was the Queen for most of the play and therefore had the most power out of all the women due to her marriage to King Edward. After his death and when her son was to be crowned king, she was still the most powerful woman because she was the mother of the to-be king.

  1. Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden 40 lines analysis

    He uses euphemism, for example, in calling torture sessions "delicate operations," and he uses metaphors when he refers to his brutalization as "the mask of virtue fell off," and to his descent into sadistic torture as "the swamp." So, we see how Roberto's use of language clearly reveals his high

  2. Sexual division between men and women

    Once again, in this extract, the women were talking about taboo subjects among each other in an opened and free manner. Moreover, they were discussing about this in a public place as well. As we look into the conversations among the ladies about abortion, Barker also make the readers feel

  1. World Lit. - Comparative analysis: Death and The Maiden and Ghosts

    "You're still a prisoner," Gerardo tells Paulina, "you stayed behind with them, locked in that basement" (Death and the Maiden, p.38). He then encourages her to "free [herself] from them" (Death and the Maiden, p. 38) in order to put her mind at rest.

  2. Thematic comparison of female characters in `1984` and `Death and the Maiden`

    Winston and Julia first set their eyes on one another because they believed that they were able to fulfill one another's physical desires. In order to share this single desire, they would also have to share the same ideals which were to go against their current totalitarian states.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work