The Nature Of Greek Tragedy

1581 Words May 11th, 2016 7 Pages
I believe the nature of Greek tragedy is suffering. In most, if not all, plays written by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides implies some sort of suffering. Whether it is through love, war, revenge, honor, fate or an answer from the God’s suffering is inevitable. I will attempt to prove my point by using Euripides “Medea” to show how suffering is the nature of Greek tragedy.
Before I begin, it is important to understand my definition of mythological. I break the word into two parts, Myth means not real, a story that is being told by a storyteller and logical means in some sense of the word the story is logical to the audience that it is being relayed to. To put it simply a “logical story” is being told. I believe that Euripides tells the types tales to audiences that are suggestible to stories that fit into the times they live in. They are tales that leave audiences with a sense of superiority and some satisfaction to know that within the storyline there is some sort of vindication.
It is essential to understand the plight of women of the time that Euripides wrote the play “Medea”. According to The World of Athens women did not participate in social events alongside the men. They were seen as physically, morally, socially and intellectually inferior to men (Pg. 122). Women were raised to essentially be at the beck and call of males and they were vessels to keep the family line going. Women were shuffled from household to household. They start out in their…
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