Medea, By Euripides ' The Catcher Of The Myth Of Jason And Medea
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Playwright, Euripides, composes the tragedy, Medea, on the bases of the myth of Jason and Medea in around 400 BC. Medea portrays the position of women within that time period in Greek culture. The Greeks did not see women as equal citizens within the time period of Medea’s composition. The Greek culture considered women as submissive servants, whom did not have a place in politics. Women in that period of history were greatly dependent of their husbands. The author, Euripides, capitalizes on this social inequality through his characters. Medea expresses this inequality by saying, “It is a bitter thing to be a woman.” (Act I, 226) She then compares both genders using analogies within her expression of rage. Medea, the protagonist and focal character within the play, struggles with her sanity as a result of her husband, Jason’s many betrayals. Focusing on her ultimate goal, Jason’s demise, she vows to get revenge on all of those who are the cause of her to suffer great emotional pain. “Death is my wish, For myself, my enemies, my children. Destruction.” (Act I, 44-44) Having become twisted due to her consumption of rage due to the manipulation, betrayal, and other sufferings inflicted by her own husband, Medea invokes her revenge, which in the end deprives Medea of her home, sanity, and children.
The tragedy begins with Medea mourning aloud her laments of self pity. She is easily replaced by her previous husband and father of her two children, Jason, who now enters into a