The Acharnians [and] the Clouds [and] Lysistrata Topics for Discussion

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In what ways do the principal characters (Dikaiopolis, Strepsiades, Lysistrata) of the three plays in this collection embody the premise (suggested in "Objects/Places - Classical Greek Theatre") that dramatic narrative has its origins in spiritual celebrations of the breakdown of inhibition? In other words, in what ways do these and other characters break the rules that modify and govern traditional behavior?

Throughout history, satire has been employed and/or appreciated as a way of exposing human foibles and failings, particularly those of individuals in power. Where is satire evident in recent contemporary society? socio-political commentary? What do you think is the result of contemporary satire - do people listen? Does society change? Do individual perceptions change?

Consider the double entendres quoted from the three plays (see "Quotes," pp. 44, 52, 142, 157, 187, 188" and also "Lysistrata - Part 2 Analysis"). What is the sexual metaphor implied by each one?

Discuss the parallels...

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