Gifted World Literature
4 October 2014
Revenge Can Bring Out the Witch in Anyone
When a woman is betrayed by her husband she will go to extreme lengths to seek revenge. The Greek tragedy, Medea, portrays a woman that is hurt so badly that she turns to evil magic to acquire revenge on those who have wronged her. Euripides, the author, shows Medea as an evil witch who would stop at nothing to hurt her cheating husband, Jason. Medea is seen as a witch because of her actions; she is accused of poisoning the princess, murdering her children, and being helped by the gods. Medea, a woman who has struggled in life, is portrayed as a cruel, conniving witch. She gets a temper when her husband, Jason, betrays her. Jason says he married the princess for Medea and her children. Medea is the jealous type and cannot stand to share her husband. “For I will send the children with gifts in their hands
To carry to the bride, so as not to be banished-
A finely woven dress and a golden diadem.
And if she takes them and wears them upon her skin
She and all who touch the girl will die in agony;
Such poison will I lay upon the gifts I send” (Euripides, 26). Medea is depicted as a sorceress by Euripides by poisoning the princess and using her children to do it. Medea is represented as a witch by murdering her children. She is so focused on getting revenge on her husband that she would stop at nothing. Medea says, “my task is fixed: as quickly as I may
To kill my children, and start away from this land” (Euripides, 40). She is completely set on killing her children; she never once doubts that this is a horrible thing she is doing. She believes this is the only way to get revenge. “Force every way will have it they must die, and since
This must be so, then I, their mother, shall kill them.” (Euripides, 40). Euripides convinces the readers that Medea is a heartless witch. Medea is displayed as working with the gods to get revenge. Euripides...
Cited: Euripides. “Medea” Translated by Rex Warner. Dover Publications, Inc. New York: 1993.
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