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January 17th, 2014
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Medea Reflective Statement
Medea’s approach to revenge was strange. By killing her children, she causes herself and Jason unnecessary anguish but she wins that battle of pain because she gains her revenge and saves her children from future misery. In class, we discussed whether Medea was right in killing her children. I believed that Medea’s actions were horrifying and inhumane but as the discussion escalated, I began to understand Medea’s motherly instincts towards her children. As a mother, Medea suffered an ultimatum; she could leave her children behind and subject them to abuse from the enemies of her past, or she could relieve them of future agony by murdering them. Parents have a natural instinct to give children their best chance. Medea chose to murder her children in order to liberate them from pain. In Greece, men preferred this patriarchal ideal of a silent and obedient wife, who stayed within the confines of the home. Great scholars such as Aristotle believed that “the male rules and the female is ruled”; his ideas spurred the general social practice in Greece. There was also a famous, old saying in Greece, where a man thanked God that he was not uncivilized, a slave or a woman. In Athens, men preferred their women to stay home because socialization with other men lead to the possibility infidelity and this would affect the paternity of the child. According to Athenian law, if paternity could not be determined, then the child could not be a citizen. In this sense, Corinth was identical to Athens. If these harsh restrictions are placed on a Grecian woman, imagine the restrictions on a foreign woman, who would most likely be even more confined and isolated.
Euripedes depicts Medea as noble, strong and selfsacrificing, much stronger than her male counterparts. Medea mourns Jason’s betrayal but at the end of her soliloquy, she is proud to be a woman because men underestimate her, which allows her to deceive them. Medea is also very clever; she exploits her enemy’s weakness. Manipulation, cleverness and independence are typical masculine qualities that Medea possesed. Through the interactive oral, I was able to better understand that Medea’s revenge was catalyzed by restrictions such as status, stereotypes and the misinterpretation of women in the ancient Greece. They combined to make a woman’s life difficult at that time in history.
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Reverse Psychology in
“If the elements in a person as well as in a society or a state are balanced and strong, one finds harmony and health, beauty and grace,” says Achim Eckert. This is contrary to the play,
by Euripedes, where the audience follows the
protagonist, Medea, as she challenges her role in a contemporary, patriarchal Greek society. Medea’s masculine characteristics outweigh her feminine traits, this imbalance in her personality is caused by the lesser status she gains as a foreign women in an ancient Greek society. In relation to ordinary women and her male counterparts, Jason and King Creon, Medea does not follow the path of all the other women in Corinth. This personality imbalance affects King Creon and Jason, who stray from the standard masculine characteristics. The author challenges these stereotypes, but in displaying the consequences of defying one’s stereotype, he reinforces them. The journal article “Diary of a Greek Housewife,” explores a regular day in a Grecian woman’s life. When opening a discussion, the husband “tells [his wife] she should not bother about the affairs of men” (Diary) and she “pretends to agree” because ...
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University of Chicago Press, 1995. 56 108. Print.
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