Equality For Women In Euripides's Medea

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Euripides, the writer of Medea and one of the most famous playwrights in ancient Greece, can be considered centuries ahead of many people in his time. His new ideas presented in many of his works were very controversial, and, as a result, unappreciated. However, most of his ideas such as equality for women’s rights and more rights for slaves correspond to our modern-day norms. In one of Euripides 's most renowned plays, Medea, the female protagonist possess characteristics that are generally found in male characters such as power, intelligence, and cunningness. The lower class characters such as the slaves and servants, who culturally are considered to be unimportant, are presented as being intelligent and also play a significant role in the drama. The playwright uses these characters to attack the upper class by showing that a life of humility and moderation is better than that of a quest for personal desires. The Nurse and the Tutor, who are Medea’s and her children’s servants, take part in the lowest class of greek society. They are joyful when their masters are joyful and sad when their masters are sad. These servants live a moderate life and never complain about their jobs; it is seen when the Nurse says, “Anyway / I don 't want a grand life for myself / just to grow old with some security. / They say that a moderate life is best for all / a far better choice for mortal men” (123-127). The Nurse is clearly satisfied with her life as a servant and does not want anything

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