Medea

11 PAGES
1747 WORDS
Read the full essay 1747 words
Medea

Unknown

Title of Work: Medea

Country/Culture: Greek

Literary Period: Classical

Type of Literature (genre): Drama/Tragedy

Author: Euripides


Authorial information:


Euripides was born in 484 BC and took up drama at the young age of 25. At most drama competitions, however his plays came in last place until he was about 45 or 50 years old. In his entire life, he wrote 92 plays of which only five received first place awards at competition. Euripides despised women. He had been married twice to unfaithful women and had three sons. This hate of women is shown in his work of Medea.


Author's unique style:


Euripides' characterization of women is considered unique in the play Medea because the tragic Hero/ine - in this case Jason and Medea in each one's own sense - is done over by a woman after cheating on her with the princess of the King of Corinth. He places emphasis on human emotions and individual psychology in order to help the reader produce a clear picture of the characters. Medea features strong dramatic situations and a stirring part for the heroine, whose attitude of feminine pride and tradition is still popular in today's world.


Setting:


The entire play takes place on the island of Corinth in present day Greece. Individual places such as Medea/Jason's home, and the palace of the king and princess are also spoken of and used in the play. It has an ancient Greek setting as well.


Theme: "What goes around comes around."


The theme of revenge in the sense of Medea's strong desire to seek revenge on Jason.


Another possible theme of Medea may be that at times a punishment of revenge should justify the crime - no matter how severe. Only a person in such a situation (and greater beings) may know what to action to take in this position.


Characters:


Medea - The strong willed woman who would do anything for her husband is victimized by him and turns deadly. After going to a great extent to help Jason - killing people to be with him and married to him - he turns around and marries a younger princess and leaves Medea and their two children with nothing. This deeply angers Medea - her tragic flaw appears to be an over excessive sense of revenge - who goes absolutely berserk and kills the princess and her children to get back at Jason for leaving her. She is very decisive and intelligent and had thought through her actions against Jason before carrying them out.


Jason - The Husband of Medea who leaves her for another woman - the King of Corinth's daughter - claiming it would be better for both Medea and their children if he "got in good with the king". Jason obviously is not caring about his wife who actually killed to be with him. He does however still love his children. His flaw of apathy or the fact that he is not perseverant causes his downfall when Medea has his wife (the princess) murdered as well as his children. This causes Jason to be extremely disturbed - but it is deserved.


King Aegeus - The present King of Athens who is very sympathetic. He is friends with Medea and understands her problem. He tells her that she may come to Athens and seek refuge if she pleases. He has no children and asks if she will "provide him with some". In this sense, he is a jolly fellow who assists friends in time of need. He also provides Medea with a place to go and be protected after she goes on her killing rampage.


Nurse - The Nurse plays a somewhat minor role and yet influences the story of Medea. She is employed by Medea to look after the children but the Nurse also gossips and provides advice and assistance to Medea. She provides the audience with background information on the play and puts pieces together of the "big picture." The Nurse begs Medea to not do anything rash because of Jason but says that she knows Medea will so that foreshadows the though of tragedy in the play. She also sympathizes Medea but as soon as Medea is not looking, the Nurse criticizes her as being somewhat over reactive.


King Creon - King Creon finds disfavor on Medea for many reasons.


Related Topics

Women and death Argonauts Operas Medea Medes Jason Creon Euripides Aegeus Medea in Corinto A Man Was Going Down the Road jason and medea king of corinth drama competitions play medea unfaithful women individual psychology human emotions tragic hero literary period dramatic situations place awards strong desire medea unknown title heroine characterization present day revenge euripides princess

More Free Essays Like This

17th Century Life/Scarlet Letter
1968
1984 Review
401977720400413949000 Prayer
A Historical and Modern Look at Child Abuse in the United States and N
A Holiday For Murder
A Paradise Lost - Context
A Rose For Emily
A Separate Peace
A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE
A Tale Of Two Cities
Abortion
Abortion
Abortion
Abortion
Abortion
Abortion
Abortion
abortion
Abortion
Abortion
abortion
Abortion: Birth Control Or Legal Murder?
Abortion Clinics Should Not Be Closed
Abortion Clinics Should Not Be Closed In The U.S.
Abortion: Life Or Death - Who Chooses
Abortion: Pro-life!
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
Affirmative Action
AIDS
AIDS And You
Aids Conspricay - Is AIDS Biological Warfare?
Alcohol Consumption As we discussed in class, t
Alexander The Great
Alexander The Great Arriving In Persepolis
All Quiet On The Western Front
All Quiet On The Western Front - Complete Summary
Alzheimer\s Disease
American Labor Movement: Development Of Unions
American Romanticism in Edgar Allan Poes Ligeia
An American Tragedy And The Futility Of The American Dream
Ancient Greece
Ancient Mariner
Andy Worhal
Anne Frank
ANNE FRANK
Argumentive
Art, Literature And Society From 1955-1970
Art: The Ultimate Expression
Art through the ages
Artists Throughout History That Have Self-Destructed
ASSIGNMENT
Assisted Suicide and the elderly
Azuria Medical Problems
Beer: The Production History And Consumption Of Beer
Benefactors of Disaster
Beowulf: Grendel
Beowulf: Heroism
Bible, The Whole Bible and Nothing But the Bible
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Brave New World: A Sterile Society
Brazil Religion
C auses
Calamitatum Of The Individual
Capital Punishment
cardiovascular disease
Carl Gustav Jung
Causes And Effects Of The French Revolution
Causes Of The Salem Witch Craft Trials
Causes Of WWI
Cevical Cancer
Chad
Character comparison of Desdemona and Juliet
Christian Teens
Cleopatra
Cloning: Why We Shouldnt Be Against It
Codes Of Law
Communists In China
Confucianism And Taoism
Conscience In The Crucible
Consequences And Remedies Of Din In The Scarlet Letter
Cultural Analysis On Death And The Afterlife
Culture Of India
Culture Of India
Cystic Fibrosis
David and Moses Comparison
Dawn
Dead Poets Society and One ew over the Cuckoo
Death and the kings horsemen
death and the kings horsemen
Death Penalty
Death Penalty: Just Or Injust
Depression
Descriptive Essay - The Dentists Office
Diabeties
diet soda
Discussion Forum- Discrimination
Divorce