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Hui Yu
Patricia Gross
THA 101 Section C
10/2/2012
Medea
In the play Medea, Euripides depicted the role of a feminist. Her cunning and cleverness which should be admired however cause her tragedy at that time, the Ancient Greek time, where women are subordinate to men. The dominant men cannot bear that women go over them, thus cause the suffering and pain of Medea in her age. And in this view, I do not assume Medea a feminist but a normal woman who pursue harmony in family and loyalty in love, yet that finally depressed her and drove her into manipulation and brutalization. Here are my few thought about questions involved in the play.

* How is Medea’s situation worse than it would be if she were a native of the city?

If Medea were a native of Corinth, she may find more support and comfort from family and feel better. However she was in the foreign region where the only one she can rely on and trust was her husband, the man that she sacrificed a lot to be company with. She helped him to get the Golden Fleece and in order to suspend her father’s chase she killed her own brother and cut him into pieces. This did work relieving her father’s pursuit to the Argo so he could collect the pieces of his son's body for burial. This cruel action did cut Medea’s affection between she and her family. Corinth cannot be a good place for her as a shelter, only a place full of torture and sorrow for her to suffer. When the king decided to exile her, the only thing she can do was to accept, and for more what she can do was to beg for the delay. As a modern audiences, I have difficulty conceiving of how horrible exile was for the ancient Greeks. A person's city-state was home and protector; to wander, without friends or shelter, was considered a fate as horrible as death. Medea, for the sake of her husband, has made herself an exile. She is far from home, without family or friends to protect her. In her overzealous advocacy of her husband's interest, she has also made their family exiles in Corinth. They cannot return Jason’s home because of her actions in Iolcus. Their position is vulnerable. Jason, hero of the Golden Fleece (although Euripides emphasizes that Medea was the true agent behind the success of the quest) is now a wanderer. His marriage is shrewd and calculating: he takes a bride of Corinth's royal family. He is faithless, but he has a point when he argues to Medea that something needed to be done to provide their family with security. At this situation the poor woman (though it appeared that she never assume herself to be poor and had the strong impulsion to finish her revenge for her dignity.) was worse and was driven step by step into tragedy.

* What does the fate of Medea and of those who mistreat and oppress her say to its own time? Might it shed light on the problem of Terrorism in our own time?

Medea’s fate was doomed based on the age in my view. As I mentioned before, it was time of men and no rights and positions for women. A woman who was clever enough to think about her own spiritual pursuit and physical felicity was obviously a forerunner of feminist at that time. However unfortunately she ran too fast and challenged the man’s nerve. She is outstanding among men around she. She made so much manipulation to help her husband but finally was betrayed. So it’s time for her to fight for herself, although this kind of method can lead a result that would also torture her forever and can never be dismissed. Those who gave suffer to Medea were just living the normal way of life. The exile and the punishment were understandable according to the policy and the rules at that time. It’s too much for a woman to bear but a right way to keep the justice. Medea was just born in the wrong age and if she lives in the modern city she can gain more happiness as an independent symbol of women. I don’t think the mistreat and oppress at that time as light on the problem of Terrorism in our time because every age has...
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