To what extent does Aristophanes attempt to convey a serious political message to his audience in The Frogs?

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Aristophanes' Frogs - Homework Essay

). To what extent does Aristophanes attempt to convey a serious political message to his audience in The Frogs?

As Aeschylus says in the play Frogs, "Schoolboys have a master to teach them, grown-ups have the poets." This seems to me to be a very good comment, because everybody likes to learn and I think that is why Aristophanes work in general was so popular and especially Frogs because the play teaches the audience. There are two main themes in the play, the first one being "the role of the poet in Greek society." Aristophanes has Aeschylus ask Euripides what makes a good poet? The reply is "technical skill - and he should teach a lesson, make people into better citizens," and this is exactly what Aristophanes is doing with this poem but also adding a great deal of humour into it. Aeschylus also says that the really good poets have had useful lessons to teach e.g. Musaeus (medicine), Hesiod (agriculture) and of course Homer (the arts of warfare). The main serious theme is Aristophanes continuation of his campaign for peace; he attacks the current politicians who rejected the offer of peace made by the Spartans after the battle of Arginusae in 406 BC (Cleophon and Cleigenes). On page 181, when the chorus address the audience in the second parabasis, they say "here sit ten thousand men of sense, a very enlightened audience," this source of information has helped to estimate the size of the audience at the drama festivals in the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens, however I think that this sentence also gives us a great deal of information in the task that Aristophanes' has to face to keep this great amount of people amused and entertained.
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This play is like no other of Aristophanes surviving work. In no other play did he insist so firmly on his conception of the poet's proper function in society and in no other play did he endeavour so earnestly to fulfil it. Aristophanes takes every possible opportunity to mention the people he wants to point out, make an example of and humiliate to a certain extent. Apart from politicians, orators and sophists, whom nobody trusted, only one kind of man was in a position to influence the ideas and attitudes of the public, this was of course the ...

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