Euripides Essays

Euripides Essays-56
Former princess of Colchis, Medea married Jason after she fled her country and killed her brother to help her lover and live with him.After a long series of adventures and trials, the couple eventually settle in Corinth and start a family, but Jason abandons Medea to marry princess Glauce.

The second reason – and the most shocking one –is because the children’s death would be the ultimate way to wound Jason, just like he wounded her.

The children’s murder is certainly Medea’s most condemnable action, especially since she does not seem to do everything in her power to spare them from pain, thus diminishing her first motivation’s validity to great extent.

Throughout the play, however, Medea committed several acts of murder. Medea does not have any guilt about planning and carrying out the murders of king Creon and his daughter Glauke. Wallowing in self contempt is generally a quality attributed to women by society.

As the play Her sense of pride prevails over her maternal instincts. Medea is so unhappy with herself after her marriage with Jason ended that she wanted to die.

Medea defied perceptions of gender by exhibiting both "male" and "female" tendencies.

She was able to detach herself from her "womanly" emotions at times and perform acts that society did not see women capable of doing. Just like in our society, when the public mask is taken off, what we see is a flawed person – a human – ruled by jealousy and engaging in menial quarrels. Medea seemed to believe that their death was necessary, for two reasons.One of them is because if she did not kill them, others would – a common theme in literature old and new.However, Medea did not fully abandon her role as a woman and did express many female emotions throughout the play. You could not hope, nor your princess either, to scorn my love, make a fool of me and live happily ever after. Medea will go to great lengths to hurt Jason for the wrongs he has done to her. In ancient Greek society, murder was not commonly associated with women. Do I want to make myself a laughingstock by letting my enemies off scot-free? I do realize how terrible is the crime I am about , but passion overrules my resolutions ? (Euripides 212-219) Medea seeks vengeance with the same forceful determination to rectify the situation as a man would. [Chorus]You will slaughter them to avenge the dishonor of your bed betrayed? s sins have caused your death(Euripides 211-219) Medea dwells in self-pity until contriving a scheme that will avenge her hurt. The abominable act maybe cannot be seen as excusable because of what she has been through, but it should be taken as an example of what people are capable when pushed too far, when hurt too deeply.Extraordinary circumstances can drive people to unimaginable decisions.Both scholarly and didactic, reads as a companion to the play, that is a work which not only opens new horizons to Greek theatre specialists but which also guides non-specialists and students into the play.If Stuttard’s collection is an insightful contribution for academics, it is also likely to appeal to theatre practitioners who will appreciate the editor’s slightly revised translation of his 1996 version of in Context," David Stuttard stresses the importance of the context to understand the issues at stake in Euripides’ text. Is it possible, in 2014, to offer new significant insights into Euripides’ most discussed play?Founder of the theatre company Actors of Dionysus, editor or author of several books on Ancient Greek drama and translator, David Stuttard, and the twelve contributors to the collection do meet the challenge to provide their readers with compelling and original outlooks about the theatrical, historical and political qualities of the work.


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