An Analysis Of Euripides ' Medea '

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The Character of Medea in Euripides
Euripides presents one of the most shocking female characters in literature, through Medea, a devotee of the goddess Hecate, and one of the great sorceresses of the ancient world. She was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis, and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god. King Aeetes ' most valuable possession was a golden ram 's fleece. When Jason, the man Medea falls in love with, arrives at Colchis seeking the Golden Fleece, Aeetes sets Jason a series of seemingly impossible tasks as the price for obtaining it. Medea falls in love with Jason and agrees to use her magic to help him, in return for Jason 's promise to marry her. Jason fled once he obtained the Golden Fleece, taking Medea and her younger brother, Absyrtis, with him, as King Aeetes pursued them. In order to delay the pursuit, Medea killed her brother and cut his body into pieces, scattering the parts behind the ship. This caused the pursuers to stop and collect Absyrtis ' dismembered body in order to give it proper burial, which thus gave Jason, Medea and the Argonauts the time to escape. On Jason’s safe return to his home in Iolcus, Medea continued to use her sorcery. She restored the youth of Jason 's aged father, Aeson, by cutting his throat and filling his body with a magical potion. She tricked Pelias ' daughters into killing him, but left the corpse without any youth-restoring potion. After the murder of Pelias, Jason and
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