Medea is an impeccable example of a woman being controlled by the ravaging effects of love. Unfortunately, those effects lead Medea to commit a serious transgression: murder. She takes the life of not only a king and his daughter, but also of two of her own children. Although the king’s death was more of an adverse consequence than a direct murder, Medea planned all of their deaths down to the last detail. The prosecution charges her with four counts of premeditated murder. The prosecution would like to take into account the evidence provided by three witnesses: Medea’s nurse, Jason, and Medea herself. Medea’s nurse observes Medea’s transformation from a jilted lover to an enraged murderer from the beginning. At one point the nurse says, “She’ll not stop raging until she has struck at someone” (4). She realizes Medea’s extreme emotional turmoil but can do nothing to soothe her. The nurse can provide a firsthand account of Medea’s slow descent into moral destitution. She sees how upset and angry Medea is at Jason but unfortunately does not realize the severity of the situation until it’s too late. The nurse is with Medea when she makes the decision to murder King Creon, his daughter, and her own children. Medea confided in the nurse saying, “You I employ on all affairs of greatest trust” (27). Medea’s nurse knows of everything that Medea has decided to do and is acutely aware of Medea’s motives and premeditated actions. In addition to the nurse as a witness, Jason also has something to contribute to Medea’s prosecution. Jason is the prime incendiary of the situation, the catalyst that sets into motion the events that would result in the deaths of four innocent people. He is the main cause of Medea’s rage, so naturally he can testify to Medea’s radical reaction to a commonplace event: him leaving her. When Medea accuses Jason of being a coward for marrying behind her back, he points out that “[even] if [he] had told [her] of it, [she still would be] incapable of
MEDEA is a Greek tragedy about betrayal, revenge, and pride. In the play MEDEA is betrayed by her husband Jason, he decided to marry another woman to gain more power. Through the play MDEA get revenge on everyone that has done her wrong. I don’t think MEDEA is a traditional tragedy I feel it has feature that separate it from the traditional tragedy, but it does have many characteristics of a traditional tragedy.
One of the similar characteristics MEDEA and traditional tragedy have in common is the….
Time Changes Everything
In the tragedy Medea, written by Euripides the language applies to the time it was written, much like any other form of written media. The reactions and actions taken by Medea are not common for a time period like our own. At this day and age we’ve learned how to react without killing someone, and how to not plot our revenge in such a spiteful way. Medea doesn’t distinguish right from wrong in her actions, heart of head applies perfectly to her and her reactions. Today we….
How does Euripides build empathy for outsiders in Greek society in Medea?
Medea is a woman who is a non-Greek outsider - she is a barbarian from Colchis. Her irrational behaviour and extreme response correlates to the stereotype of a Barbarian woman.
Euripides effectively uses the chorus to help create and build empathy for Medea by sympathising with her and being biased towards her by taking her side. The chorus in Classical Greek drama was a group of actors who described and commented upon the….
While not everyone will immediately admit it, revenge is sweet. Something from within seems to deem the concept of getting even acceptable, maybe even necessary. While this holds true in many cases, sometimes revenge can be taken to an evil extreme. In Medea, a play written by Euripides, a tragic revenge story unfolds. Throughout this play, Medea, the main character, seeks vengeance on everyone she believes has wronged her. She holds back nothing to ensure she will not be looked upon….
there is no other power at all so gracious" (Euripides). In the play Medea by Euripides, Medea is driven entirely by passion and fury and does not consider the consequences of what she is doing. She is so focused on her desire for vengeance that she does not stop to deem if what she is doing is right or wrong. Others around her do not console her but instead push Medea into her excessive nature. In the play Medea by Euripides, Medea allows others to rule her conscience which results in her destructive….
Perhaps the most fascinating and complex character in Greek drama, is the of Medea. She is the ultimate combination of heroine, villain and victim, all displayed in a single play. Medea was married to a Greek named Jason, whom she followed from her foreign land, to Greece. Her love for Jason was deep, and when he elected to leave her to marry the daughter of Creon, Medea was furious (Euripides lines 1-24). In retaliation for his strayed affections, Medea sent Jason's bride a poison dress.….
The famous Greek tragedy Medea, by Euripides, is about a woman who is so distraught by her ex-husband’s actions that she snaps and commits brutal crimes like killing his new bride and father in law, Creon and she even killed her children, an act so unthinkable that most people today shutter at the thought of it. People have scrutinized the play for centuries in an attempt to discover Medea’s true motives. Some believe that she is not actually evil, just mistreated to the point where she simply would….
Medea Final Essay
In novels and play writes such as Barbara Kingsolver’s, The Poisonwood Bible and Euripides, Medea, the theme Role of women arises: women in many societies are subjugated and displayed as the inferior gender, when they are truly the strongest; they carry all the pain and suffering of society, the wars and the deaths; thus they are the pedestal that keeps everyone up. In order to reveal theme Kingsolver and Euripides make use of literary devices such as symbolism, imagery and….
The play “Medea” is about an oriental woman named Medea who has just found out about her husband, Jason, marrying the princess of Corinth because of royalty. The play starts out with the “Nurse” telling the story about how pitiful and sorrowful she thinks of Medea and how she sense danger for Medea’s two boys. The father of the woman to be betrothed to Jason, King Creon, fears the wrath of Medea and banishes her from Corinth immediately. However, Medea, the wise and….
THA 101 Section C
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….