Jason & Medea

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How do Jason 's feelings at the end of the play differ from those revealed in other encounters?

In their first encounter, Jason appears to be trying to make himself feel as if he is better than Medea, and as if he is the bigger person than she, “You no doubt hate me: but I could never bear ill-will to you” implies that he is a better person for helping her even though she hates him – and that even after all that 's happened and all she has said he still “could never bear ill-will”. He continues to try and defend his actions, claiming it was for social status, that he didn 't marry for love, but for the fact that he wants to know they will have a good life and not be poor; also, as he marries the King 's daughter, his sons with Medea
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Later in this passage, he also refers to Medea as a “foolish woman” when she tries to send the Coronet and dress to Glauce, and this theme of sexism is carried out a few lines later “If my wife values me at all she will yield to me more than to costly presents, I am sure of that”; again, the attitude of the ancient Greek time was that women were to do what they were told, rather than what they wanted. They were to be obedient, and not break any rules.

In the third and final encounter, at the end of the play, it appears Jason has reached his peripeteia, his downfall. Medea, at this point, has killed their two sons – and it is clear he loses complete control of his emotions, and he begins wildly insulting Medea, calling her an “abomination”. It is also earlier in this part that he calls her “the woman I will kill.” at the beginning of the play, he was supposedly in love with her, whilst at the end, he wants nothing more than her to be dead. It becomes obvious that Jason has realised what Medea is truly like, how manipulative and cunning she is; and how she tricked him, in certain parts, at least, into believing she was just an obedient wife to him. He claims
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