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Their oath promises them to not enjoy intercourse. The burning torches brought by the men's chorus are an ironic symbol of the passions raging in men's loins. Their attempt to batter through the gate is nothing else than a sexual penetration, and foreshadows the attempts of Cinesias later in the play...
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The Magistrate's allusions refer to the lustful invitations to adultery, which men offer. Amongst all this passion is Lysistrata, and in response to the Magistrate's call for a crow-bar (another phallic symbol), she states, "We don't need crowbars here. / What we need is good common-sense" (546-47). Here, Lysistrata is the voice of reason...
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