Medea portrays the consequence of a rebellious being’s response to a hostile society through vengeance, passion, and deceitfulness. It also gives the reader a unique perspective on the roles of women that were considered taboo, and still are, at least in the western culture. At the beginning of her relationship with Jason, Medea was strengthen by love to do the unimaginable. Her clever and crafty style were her frequent methods of overcoming obstacles and getting what she wanted. She tricked the daughters of Pelias to boil him alive when he refused to give Jason the throne. She fooled King Creon and killed him and his daughter after begging to stay one more day. She was blinded by love and failed to see the reality of what the relationship would bring. Medea was devastated by the betrayal of Jason and her natural response …show more content…
Female characters in Greek tragedies often challenged the authority of the king and rebelled against society for honorable purposes, but not Medea. Unlike Antigone who disobeyed Creon to honor the gods by burying her brother, Medea’s intent was to eliminate all of her enemies through a clever and evil plan. “He could have thrown me out, destroyed my plans;/ instead he’s granted me a single day/ to turn three enemies to three dead bodies:” (380-383). The surprising part about Medea is her complete comprehension of her situation. She was fully aware of her “wisdom” and malice and still decides to continue with her scheme anyway. It’s too bad her cleverness and understanding is overshadowed by evil and vengeance. Puchner describes her as, “…fierce, ‘like a lion,’ and highly articulate in her analysis of her situation” (785). Medea could have sought another way to deal with Jason and handled the whole situation differently. She might have been clever, but lacked virtues and morals that no culture would consider acceptable or wise. Being part of a male
Medea never intends to commit any acts of cruelty until she’s banished which eventually leads to the rising action. The King tells Medea to leave even though she has no plan and no help for her sons. She is pushed further off a cliff with no chance of escape. The moment after she has a last day granted to stay, she starts planning the murder of Jason and his wife. She feels the need to get back at Jason for what he did and any chance of getting back with him is ruined.
She is the only one that would leave a town with no ruler leaving not just Jason with nothing but Corinth as a whole. Medea left Corinth without a leader and made the people of Corinth see that it was all because of Jason. Medea knew from that start what she was getting herself into and if that meant she loses everything, she was fine with. Medea saw that as a great punishment for Jason due to the pain he caused her.
I am Jason, the former husband of Medea. As the hero of the Golden Fleece, I was once married to a barbarian witch who was also the princess of Colchis. There are no good reasons to take my ex wife 's, Medeas side and defend her for the crimes she has committed. Medea is simply an inadequate person. She comes from a barbaric family that practices dark acts, she does not care about other people 's lives, and she killed our beloved children without a second thought.
In the beginning everything was fine Medea and her family were welcomed with open arms but it was until Jason had left them and the house was filled with hatred because Medea was upset that he had left after all that she had done for him. She refused to eat , she stood in her room, cried the days away , sometimes she would call out for her father, her country and her home: all abandoned and betrayed for a man who now abandons her, betrays her honor and her love ( pg 6, line 32-34 ). So now she wants personal revenge to punish him for his actions only to get the delight that revenge brings to herself. Jason left from Medea ‘for a royal bed’ is said by the ( pg, line 22 ) which shows the audience to look at Jason as a selfish man. Medea did
In Greek mythology Medea ( sources ) is play about a young women who gotten her heart broken by her husban. Jason had betrayed Medea by marrying another woman to improve his social status, he underestimates how jealous Medea is and he lets her stay one day to pack up her stuff. Little does he know that Medea is planning to kill her own children and Jason's new wife. And that is when the problem start to happen, Medea had just gotten the news about her children have delivered the dress and we're just hours away from dying. Instead of Medea being proud of what she had accomplished, she felt confused and was wondering if what she had done was really the right thing to do.
I chose a quote written by Shakespeare because it portrays revenge of Madea in a very clear manner. Shakespeare describes Madea’s revenge indirectly through his words. “ Vengeance is in my heart, death is in my head, blood and revenge are hammering my head.” – Aaron, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare, 1588. Medea is a tragedy of a woman who feels that her husband has betrayed her with another woman and the jealousy that engrosses her.
In Medea, it highlights the inequalities of women in Greek society. Medea is set in a male dominated society. Through Jason's betrayal of Medea, by marrying another Greek women, Medea becomes enraged and starts to question her place in society as well as the position of women in the patriarchal society. Medea is a powerful women who challenges the prejudices of the male dominated society that seem to have no place for her powers. Medea gives voice to women and has various views on justice.
She exclaims, “I got your enemy Peliashacked to death byhis own daughters’ hand” (Euripides 98).She did notnecessarilyhave any grudges againstPelias, but Pelias had killed Jason’s father and took the thrown. He also caused Jason’s mother’sdeath through grief. This gave Medea her motive for having Pelias killed. Itwas a moment of insanity because even though she hadPelias killed,she is not in a constant murderous state. She wasjust assistingJasoningettingthe Golden Fleece and she woulddo whatever she hadto to get it.
Name: Hagar El Zohiry Class Section: 91066 October 27, 2015 Medea is considered one of the most horrific tales of all time. One of its major themes is revenge. Medea in both the movie and the play kills four people in order to take revenge from her husband who marries another woman. The movie in my opinion was a successful adaptation of the play. It followed all the major events but differed in the way it portrait the character.
In Antigone and Medea , the women are ruled by their emotions. Due to this, they make impromptu decisions which leave them in a vulnerable state. Medea feels betrayed by Jason, and her heartbroken hearts fills with rage for him. She becomes so irate she makes an deathly decision, “oh, what misery! Cursed sons, and a mother for cursing!
Medea: A villain more than a hero The ancient Greek society was a highly male-dominated society where, women had least of the rights. Unable to vote, own a land, women’s sole purpose was rearing children and pleasing their husbands, while men had all the liberty to explore many women and exercise all their political rights. The film Medea, explores these gender prejudices of the Ancient Greece while portraying Medea as rebel to these sexist oppressions with a violent and inhumane attitude. Although Medea was a strong and heroic woman who passionately fought against Greek gender injustice, her heroism was assisted by the murders of her kin, blinded by her cause; this heroism is highly unjustifiable and therefore is a negative example.
In The Medea, Medea definitely breaks out of her traditionally feminine role as mother and wife, killing her children to avenge her desertion at Jason’s hands. In breaking out of her role as a submissive female, Medea challenges the order of Greek society the gods seem to have ordained, committing evil upon evil, ostensibly horrible because she is not obeying the seemingly god-decreed social customs. In The Medea, though, Euripides questions the very order that condemns Medea. Although Medea commits horrendous evils, Euripides casts doubt on the idea that the gods call into place the dominant Greek culture; he asks his audience to question its assumptions about Medea’s revenge. By calling into question the very line to the gods men purportedly
Moving along the selection, she uses manipulation against Creon, Aegeus, and Jason to get what she wants. Moreover, after gaining the trust of each man, we are enlightened with her true, evil intentions. Towards the end of the story, Medea had a small moment where we see her reconsider killing her children. However,
Medea was an absolute lunatic. Before moving to Corinth Medea killed her brother by chopping him up and throwing him in the ocean. She then tricks the king’s daughters into cutting him up and boiling him. Once in Corinth Medea finds out that her husband, Jason, is marrying the daughter of Creon. This infuriates Medea and she has to have her revenge.