Medea Prosecution

Topics: Hatred, English-language films, Murder Pages: 2 (518 words) Published: October 20, 2008
When it comes down to murder, what difference does it make whether or not she felt justified? From what we can see, Medea clearly killed not only Creusa and Creon, but her own children. Good judge, I implore that you pay close attention to the horrible deeds that this woman has wrought on these innocent people. We can see that she had planned these murders out, and, despite knowing the evil she would soon unleash, continued with them with only the goal of hurting Jason. Medea hated Jason, and hate was also one of the overpowering motives of the murders. We know Medea killed them, and we know that she is completely guilty of over 5 murders. What man in his right mind would call this woman innocent?

Medea couldn’t be innocent, for everything she did was done with the motive of hurting Jason. She even said it herself, “I’d still be joyful to know that every bone of your life is broken; you are left hopeless, friendless, mateless, childless, avoided by gods and men, unclean with awful excess of grief—childless—“ (II, 286-287). She killed her two sons, the king of Corinth, and the princess that Jason was marrying all to see him a broken man. If this isn’t guilt, then I do not know what could possibly be considered so. Medea broke every piece of happiness Jason had, and it was all carefully planned out.

The evil woman knew, before actions were made, that in the end Creusa and Creon, and even her own sons, would be dead. She knew because she wanted Jason to feel hopeless. “I have done it: because I loathed you more than I loved them.” (II, 286), this quote shows that she hated him to the extent of planning the murder of her sons just to hurt him. Medea spoke of the murders long before she acted upon her thoughts. She hated Jason, and this hate she built up motivated her to commit these awful deeds.

Medea was filled with hate. She expressed this by saying, “Loathing is endless. Hate is a bottomless cup. I will pour and pour.” (II, 282). Her hate motivated her...
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