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Euripides' Depiction of Medea's Problems Relating to Her Status as a Foreign Woman in Athens

Surabhi Yadav English (Hons) 2B Roll No.231 Assignment Question:- Critically comment on Euripides’ depiction of Medea’s problems as relating to her status as a foreign woman in Athens. Medea is a play about the subaltern, the Other, the misfit, the stranger, the woman who is “deserted, a refugee, thought nothing of”. It is a play about the barbarian’s powerful ability to restore her own dignity and achieve justice. Seen as such the play can function on a different level. It is a “radical”...

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Transformation of Medea as seen in Levett's Essay: Verbal Autonomy and Verbal Self-Restraint in Euripides' Medea

Medea’s Transformation Medea is a play featuring a title character who is a very unusual woman. Brad Levett’s essay “Verbal Autonomy and Verbal Self-Restraint in Euripides’ Medea” exemplifies the thoughts of three authors after discussing how Medea relates to a Greek hero that was invulnerable in all of his body except for one minor spot and/or the play resembling a Greek tragedy that narrated the fate of a warrior after memorable battles. These scholars believed that Medea “comes into conflict...

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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...

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To What Extent Can It Be Said That Bernarda Alba, from 'the House of Bernarda Alba' by Federico Garcia Lorca and Medea, from the Play by Euripides, Although Created Millennia Apart, Are Very Similar Characters?

Most people would define a great female protagonist as intelligent, strong minded and willing to fight for what she believes in. Both Bernarda Alba from Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba and Medea by Euripides fit this description. One is a tyrannical mother who imposes her choices on her five daughters, the other is arguably the strongest non-Olympian woman in all of Greek mythology. If we take a closer look, we notice that these two characters have many things in common. From their...

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The Tragic Hero

struggle because of some flaw within his character. That struggle results in the fall of the hero. Aristotle defines the tragic hero in his work titled Poetics, which expands upon the definition of a tragic hero. The short story “Medea,” written by Euripides, and the play “Hamlet,” written by Shakespeare, both present the reader with a tragic hero. “Medea” is the ideal story in which one can see the tragic hero, and this can be contrasted to “Hamlet” in order to see how Aristotle’s definition of a tragic...

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Honors English 10: 7  22 August 2014  Outline   Thesis: The two Aphorisms here are trying to tell you that your life is short and you need to live it to the fullest  before it is too late.   I. “ It is better to die on your feet that to live on your knees”  A. Euripides   1. Born in Athens, Greece, around 485 B.C. Married a woman named Meleto and had 3 sons.  His family was most likely a prosperous one; his father was named Mnesarchus or Mnesarchide, and his  mother was named Cleito. Was raised in a cultured family...

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Analytical Medea

” 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  “she is too hungry to argue” (Diary). The “feeble­spirited[ness]” (Euripides 807) and  “stay­at­home” housewife stands for the feminine stereotypes that Medea challenges.  While the housewife devotes her day to rearranging hair and freshening perfume,  Medea dedicates her last day in Corinth to seek vengeance against the Corinthian ...

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Great Tragedians

Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides Great Tragedians Humanities 250 May 30, 2012 The three great tragedy play writes Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were ahead of their time. The ideals they portrayed in their plays are very relevant in this day and age. Love, loss, religion, politics suffering, being victims of fate; these are all things we hear about each time we turn on the news. The messages that were written into each play by each play write would be related to, understood and very...

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Attributes Traditionally Associated with Masculinity and Femininity and Their Contrasts in Medea and Pygmalion

explained by her barbarism, “I am the mother of your children. Whither can I fly, since all Greece hates the barbarian?" Her femininity was also be pacified by being played by a male actor, but perhaps most significantly Medea was written by a man. Euripides could be guilty of being too modern for his time, quite possibly explained by the later success of Medea after his death. He applied a focus on the realism of his character and created a realistic woman with recognizable emotions. She is neither...

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Medea in Full Control of the Events

Gustavo A. Carrillo Humanities 111 June 25, 2008 Medea in Full Control of the Events Euripides plays are about the emotions and reactions of ordinary people and social issues rather than with deities and their adventures. His collection of plays, approximately 90 of them, includes Electra, Trojan Women and Medea. This last one is the most controversial play during Euripides's time, because portraits Medea as a heroine in a time where only man can be heroes. Medea is an easy play to read that...

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