"Euripides" Essays and Research Papers

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Medea Comparison

to men. On the other hand, some thought this subject fascinating such as Euripides, who clearly shows this through his play Medea. Through his play, he shows the position of women and their subordination to men which was important in Greek society. Even though Athens, for example, was considered as a place, freer, than the rest of Greece was nevertheless a city that depended on slave labor and the oppression of women. Euripides wants to show the difficulties that befall women, however, his main character...

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A Dream of Passion: Greek Tragedy on Screen

for killing her three children in response to her husband’s adulterous actions, just as Medea did in the play. Despite being set in different time periods and having a slightly different plot, Jules Dassin’s Dream of Passion and Euripides’ Medea are very similar. Euripides’ Medea and Dassin’s Dream of Passion are similar in that they both cast the woman as a complex protagonist. This is done specifically by showing Maia’s transformation in the movie, allowing the reader or author to sympathize with...

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Gender Roles In Greek Culture

saying, “Be well assured of this: ‘twas not for the woman’s sake, I wedded the king’s daughter, my present wife; but, as I have already told thee, I wished to insure thy safety and to be the father of royal sons bound by blood to my own children…” (Euripides 14). The words “insure” and “safety” show that Jason did not have love on his mind when he decided to leave Medea for Creon’s daughter. He was interested in becoming more powerful than he already was. This wasn’t the first time Jason used another...

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Plato & Medea

in life to men, who tended to be demanding of their wives, but expected them to adhere to their wishes. In the tragedy Medea, written by Euripides, Medea plays the major role in this story, unlike most Greek stories with women playing only minor roles, but she also demonstrates many behavioral and psychological patterns unlike any other Greek women. In Euripides' Medea the main character, Medea, Displays many traits that breakdown traditional Athenian misogyny by displaying her as proactive in taking...

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Phaedra as an Example of Enlightenment Values

Phaedra, originally part of the large body of Greek mythological works, has been adapted, modified and presented in new contexts in recent centuries. For example, following the original conception of this tragedy by Euripides, versions of it have appeared in Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, etc through the authorship of such great writers as Frencesco Bozza, Jean Racine, Miguel de Unamuno, etc. Eugene O’Neill’s incorporation of it as a subplot in his ‘Desire Under the Elms’ testify to the everlasting...

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Jealousy Kills

Jealousy Kills A common belief in ancient Greece was misogyny which is the fear of women (Pomeroy 90). Misogyny brought about male superiority which will explain the actions of Jason, a main character in the story Medea by Euripides. Men in ancient Greece created a society where it was nearly impossible for women to live on their own because they could not get a job to support themselves. Men in ancient times were terrified of the idea of, “…a good wife like Deronia can murder her husband. These...

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Defense Mechanisms In Oedipus The King

Another great example showing the results of defense mechanisms on one’s actions is in the Greek drama Medea by Euripides, a story about Medea’s plan to exile revenge on her husband for leaving her. At the beginning of Medea, the nurse says “And here she lies fasting, yielding her body to her grief, wasting away in tears… never lifting her eye nor raising her face from off the ground.” (Euripides 3). In this quote, Medea has been struck with grief and hasn’t moved ever since she learned that she was wronged...

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The Bacchae + the human psyche

Euripides’ play The Bacchae is an exploration of the complexities of the human psyche. Set in ancient Greek times, the playwright strips away the layers that humans often embellish themselves with, in order to examine the true nature of a human being. Through the personalities of Dionysus and Pentheus, in particular, Euripides asserts that human nature is complex, as it is comprised of two contradictory forces- rationality and irrationality. He acknowledges that while order and logic are crucial...

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What's the Differances and Similarities Between Medea and Macbeth Plays?

Macbeth" and "Madea" Comparison Essay by JPWrite Description: This paper examines how Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and Euripides' "Medea" are both tragic plays in the classical sense. It looks at how both Medea and Macbeth lust for the unattainable and how that lust destroys them. It cannot be said which character is a truly tragic figure, because both fit the description. It contends that if either character deserves more sympathy it is Madea, the jilted wife, not Macbeth the King killer since Macbeth's...

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Medea - Techniques

In the play Medea, by Euripides, many techniques are incorporated to augment the compelling persona of the protagonist, Medea. She has an overpowering presence, which is fashioned through the use of imagery, offstage action and language. Dramatic suspense, employment of the chorus and Deus Ex Machina also serve to enhance the intense persona assumed by Medea. <br> <br>Medea is frequently associated with images of violence and rage. "She's wild. Hate's in her blood. /She feeds her rage…Stormclouds...

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