The Misguided Behavior of Medea In Medea, Euripides creates a character in Medea who commits many misguided actions in order to fulfill her destiny. The vengeful deeds that Medea perpetrates are heinous themselves, but Medea’s reaction and justification to them are what truly defines her as misguided. Medea proves her erroneous ways by executing acts of murder against King Creon, Jason’s new wife, and even her own children. These operations, however, were preluded by Media killing her own brother, Absyrtus, and deceiving King Pelias’ daughters into slaying their father. Medea’s misguided ways first began when she was aiding Jason and the Argonauts on their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Medea had fallen in love with Jason, and agreed …show more content…
Jason left Medea, and ruined their marriage. This left Medea both heartbroken and outraged, and she was determined to exact her revenge. Medea wants Jason to suffer, and hopes to achieve this by killing everyone that he loves. This decision to commit harmful actions on the people who have wronged her is what makes Medea such a misguided character. Medea goes on to say, “My friends, I know several ways of causing their death, and I cannot decide which I should turn my hand to first.” (198) The fact that Medea is about to commit a vast number of murders is an abhorrent act in itself, but the fact that she cannot decide how to kill her targets truly shows how misguided Medea is. Medea goes on to conclude that poison will be the optimum way to kill her enemies. In the case of Creusa, Medea decides to poison gifts that she knows Creusa will not be able to refuse. Creusa is shallow and materialistic, and loves receiving gifts. Medea uses this to her advantage, and sends gifts to the princess as a symbol of her apology. She says, “I shall send them with gifts to offer to the bride, to allow them to stay in the land-a dainty robe and a headdress of beaten gold.” (207) The presents are poisoned however, and proceed to catch her on fire and melt the flesh away from her bones. Upon hearing the news of her successful deed, Medea says, “Best of news! From this moment and forever you …show more content…
This act is horrendous, and is described by the Chorus in Medea as “the worst evil of all for humanity.” Something terribly wrong must have happened or be wrong with a person for them to murder their own children. Medea justifies the killing of her children by claiming it is the only way to truly make Jason suffer. She goes on to say, “I shall murder my children, these children of mine. No man shall take them away from me.” (207) Medea has definitely proved that she is misguided now, but the Chorus Leader still attempts to convince her not to go through with the murders. Medea replies, “It will hurt my husband most that way.” (208) Medea wanting to commit this act on the sole reason that it will hurt her husband who left her, shows what kind of person she really is. Before actually murdering her children, Medea does start to show some signs of uncertainty and remorse. She contemplates whether or not to kill them, for she really does care for them. She says, “Goodbye to my former plans. I shall take my children away with me.” (213) Medea also goes on to say, “And yet...what is the matter with me? Do I want to make myself a laughingstock by letting my enemies off scot-free?” (213) These are both examples of the decision Medea had to make. Ultimately, Medea chose to slay her children. She explains, “O I do realize how terrible is the crime I am about, but passion
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Medea wants to get revenge on Jason for marrying Glauce. She kills their two kids, Glauce, and Creon. Medea kills Glauce, then her father wants to save her and he ends up dying as well. She wants Jason to suffer even more than what he was from the death of his wife Glauce, so she kills their two kids as well. She won’t let him bury the bodies of his sons.
One of the most famous ancient Greek tragedies is Medea. Medea is most widely known for killing her children. According to Wikipedia, Medea killed her children in order to get vengeance on her husband, Jason, for cheating on her. However, I do not believe that Wikipedia gives all the motives behind Medea’s “ultimate sin.” Wikipedia should be inclusive of all possible forces that may have caused Medea to kill her children in order for readers’ to get the most accurate depiction of events.
It is easy to see Medea as a betrayed wife and to forget that she is also vindictive and heartless. How do you see Medea? Euripides’s Medea explores the conflict between a demigoddess and the male patriarchy amidst a breakdown of marital vows. Medea can be easily perceived to be a victim of Jason and the male dominant society through the misogynism she suffers.
Can the murderess, Medea, be justified for the killing of her own offspring? Medea is a play written by Euripides in the year 431 B.C. and basically is a tragic Greek mythological play that deals with themes such as love, marriage, betrayal and revenge. Summing it up, this play specifically is about how Medea is sent into exile due to Creon (the king) feeling threatened by her. He is feeling threatened by her because Jason (Medea’s husband) took another bride to bed which happened to be the king’s daughter.
She is a woman who feels complete around a man. Based on Knox insight, Medea, regardless of her power, her destiny is to marry, bear and raised children, and go where her husband goes, subordinate her life to his, because all she has is her children and husband, but when Jason betrays her, she dedicates her force of that intellect and energy turning it all against him (Knox 292). We should be against her ideals, but the fact is that she devoted her life for Jason, often making difficult decisions and denying opportunities she had just to have her time and energy be wasted on Jason. It the sole reason why she turns against him. In my few, the tragedy is not her, it’s him, because he loses a big portion of his life.
Similar to Clytemnestra, Medea is depicted as also being deceitful and full of hate. At the start of the play, it’s revealed that Medea’s husband, Jason, had left her and her two kids so that he can get a better life, work for the king, and marry the princess. This, rightfully so, made Medea angry at Jason for abandoning her and her children. However, the extent to which Medea is depicted as getting angry is a bit extreme. She lets her emotions overwhelm her and becomes filled with rage at Jason to the point that she wants to kill him.
In the beginning of the monologue, Medea is heartbroken when she realizes that “without [them] [she] will live a life of sorrow” and that her “heart is not in it”. By illustrating the guilt within Medea, the author, Euripides, shows that when one is consumed with revenge, you forget the love and importance of others. Thus, leading oneself to selfishly sacrifice the well-being of another person. Unfortunately, even when Medea acknowledges her immoral action, she continues with prideful resolve that she will not be a “laughing
Never Underestimate A Woman In Medea, Euripides portrays Medea’s character as a very knowledgeable woman. Medea clearly interprets the characteristics of mysticism to the Athenian audience. Euripides, a powerful tragedian uses Medea’s rhetoric to get a medium of revenge. Medea is partially divine and has a type of sorcery, which leads to the persuasion of being able to stay an extra day and have a master plan to kill Creon, the princess and her children.
Also she did not want to leave any possibility of revenge that the children could take on killing of their father’s wife. Medea’s actions are justified by her emotions as they are difficult thing to control at times. She is also raised in a different culture so she did not conform to the values of Corinth and did not easily accept that Jason married another woman. For the male audience, the evil deeds of Medea confirm their belief that women should be uneducated and kept at home. Medea was a divine character.
Medea was treated unfairly in the patriarchal society that she lived in and due to the circumstances she was forced to abide by, she sought to achieve her own form of justice. Women were mistreated and regarded as inferior to men. In fact, Medea mentioned how women were like foreigners forced to abide by their husband’s laws and remain subservient. Essentially, women were treated as outsiders and were thought to need constant protection from male figures. So, when the King of Corinth kicked her and her children out of Corinth and Jason left them, she wanted revenge since she felt she had been wronged.
My next theme of choice is Revenge as this theme is one of if not the most important one within Medea. The pleasure of getting revenge on someone who has betrayed you in the past or mistreated you is almost self proclaimed as successful in Medea’s eyes. She set’s out a plan and has her focus on nothing else but vengeance, she has so much built up anger that her feeling of love is numbed, it’s almost as if the feeling of hatred has overpowered the feeling of love that she has towards her husband and more importantly her two sons. The leader mentions to Medea “My lady, to kill your own two sons?” and Medea’s cunning response had a huge impact, “it is the supreme way to hurt
In one last act of defiance towards the traditional female character Medea commits one act that goes against what society thought in those times as being the only thing that gave a woman any importance. Medea murders her own children, purely to exact revenge on Jason. Jason accuses her of being ‘a monster, not a woman’ (1342), as a woman could never murder her own children. It goes against nature itself as it overthrows the natural link between being a woman and motherhood, which is thought to be the most important role most women will ever take on in their lives. ‘In terms of her actions, she obfuscates the boundary between masculine and feminine, heroic and civic’ (Surviving BA
Named after the protagonist, Euripides play ‘Medea’ brings out the sufferings of a lonely wife, seeking revenge from her husband after he betrays her. To some extent, Medea’s actions towards her husband are reasonable. Despite Medea’s love for her children, she slays them both to return the same feeling of loss towards Jason after he betrays her. Her actions were understandable since Jason only wanted his children for power. However, Medea also ends up proving that her husband was right because her actions were indeed barbarous.
Here, again, her human and flawed side is shown by Euripides. Unlike that of Euripies, Seneca’s Medea is sent exile without her children and he presents her murder of children as the pure brutality to satisfy and strenghten her vengeance. Medea has that idea of killing her children when Jason refuses to allow her to take children with her and thus she realizes how much Jason loves them. So she thinks that his great love for his children can bring him great pain with their