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A Misogynistic Feminist: Euripides’ View of Women as Presented in Medea.

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Terry Adams

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of A Misogynistic Feminist: Euripides’ View of Women as Presented in Medea.

Euripides is seen as a feminist to the modern day audience for many reasons: Euripides: The Feminist Euripides: The Misogynist Euripides' View of Women as Presented in Medea A Misogynistic Feminist Looking closely, it can be seen that Euripides was no different than his compatriots. Background Euripides: The Dramatist Born in 480 BCE - The last of the three tragedians. Was always considered "unconventional" for two main reasons: Gods didn't play a large role in his stories.
Was fond of portraying women. Died in 406 BCE, in Macedonia. Background of Medea Jason, a known mythical hero, attempts to find the Golden Fleece, but is unable to do so alone. He finds Medea, who helps him on his quest. Medea is the niece of Circe and the granddaughter of Helios. Therefore, is a sorceress and a demigod. Overview Jason leaves Medea and her children in order to be with the Princess of Corinth. Medea is able to trick Jason, Creon, and Aegeus. She brutally kills the Princess and the King, along with her two children. She escapes to Athens on a chariot. He presents Medea has a strong, independent, intelligent female whose clearly been wronged. The males of the play are complete jerks. The Chorus is made of women, who fully support Medea's plans. She has to make the hard decision to kill her children. She gets away in the end. When the play was being presented, there were no women in the crowd. The men would have seen Medea as the typical woman: nagging, always complaining, and deceptive. The male characters would have been seen as fairly nice guys. She kills her children. Her getting away in the end would have been the last thing the Greek men wanted.
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