women, act 1 scene 1

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  • Act 1 scene 1
    • Mnesilochus is the elderly relative of Euripides, he is his father in law
    • Euripides is worried because he fears that the women are going to plot how to kill him at the festival of the Thesmophoria
      • they are angry because he portrays them badly in his tragedies and paints them as disloyal
    • he goes to see Agathon
      • Agathon is known for cross dressing so he wants to convince him to go to the festival as a woman and find out about what they're plotting
        • Agathon dress up as a women to inspire him for a new poem
        • Euripides wants Agathon to go because he couldn't go himself because he is well known by sights and Agathon is cleanly shaven and already looks like a women because he is good looking
        • Agathon refuses because he thinks its Euripides duty to solve his own problems
        • he is also worried that he will get noticed and the women are angry at him for writing about hoe they go out and perform prostitution in the middle of the night
        • verbal humour in Euripides description of Agathon 'he's got ants In his larynx', suggesting he's trying to sounds like a female but cant sustain it
        • verbal sexual humour, Mnesilochus thinks Agathon is female and describes him as 'deliciously arousing'
    • Mnesilochus steps in by offering to go instead
      • he has his rear end singed
      • removal of all pubic hair
        • slapstick this would be humours because I would be sow painful
      • his entire  beard singed off
        • takes away all of his masculinity
      • he s forced into wearing a dress
        • he wears a yellow gown because that's the colour prostitutes wear
        • verbal humour 'what a delectate  smell of cheesy pudendum
          • unpleasant
          • unexpected
          • describing even Agathons genitals are feminine
    • Euripides swears an oath by all of the blessed gods that he will come to Mnesilochus' rescue if he needs help
    • this is the prologue
    • Euripides cants recognise Agathon and yet he's 'buggered him'
      • little sexual morals which is funny because he's portrayed as sensible
    • verbal humour
      • Mnesilochus is mocking the servants speech by using the same sort of language but talking about sex
        • s:'he rolls it till it be round; he whittles it m:and fellates it'


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