Euripides ' Medea Of Euripides

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Medea of Euripides is an ancient Greek tragedy play written by Euripides, grounded upon the legend of two characters Medea and Jason. Euripides wrote Medea of Euripides in 431 BC at a time in Greece, when males were governing, and women had limited rights. Medea, the protagonist, was the daughter of Aeetes of Colchis, she was driven by passion and committed horrendous crimes for the love of Jason. In the opening act, Medea is standing outside of Jason house in Corinth as she explicates to the Chores how she was victimized by Jason. The Nurse, Chores, and Medea give a history of Medea and Jason’s relationship, and the inciting incidence begins. Medea describes how she is distraught and shattered because she sacrificed everything for Jason,…show more content…
Euripides introduced the Chores in the play to explain the critical levels of mutilation that was formed among the main characters Jason and Medea. Medea’s love for the antagonist character Jason has caused her to murder her brother, be disloyal to her father, banished, and follow him. The Nurse designates that Jason is the reason that Medea has committed such horrible crimes. In the first scene, the Nurse spoke, “Served always Jason. Surely this doth bind, Through all ill days, the hurts of humankind, When man and woman is one music move. But now, the world is angry, and true love Sick with poison. Jason doth forsake My mistress and his own sons to make His couch in a king’s chamber” (Euripides 2). Euripides masterly uses powerful word choices, different sentence lengths, informal grammar, rhythm and a dramatic tone to convey his message. This was customary for that time in Greek literature, specifically for the theater. The Chores role is to evoke empathy, instruction and clarify Medea’s mentality throughout the play. The principal plot motivation for Jason, who is an opportunist with a mission to acquire prominence, to discards Medea and his sons in order to marry the king’s daughter. Which leads to Medea’s objective to destroy Jason and all that he loved. More conflict arises when the King Creon tells Medea to take her sons and leave his kingdom forever. Euripides shows us Medea’s power of persuasion and scheming characteristics when she convinces

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