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Transcript of Medea
Now that Medea and Jason are over, it can be thought that Medea wants no memory of the life she used to live. Therefore, she kills the sons because they symbolized their marriage.
This play is rather feminist. So, one can also believe that the killing of the sons can represent Medea and her feminist beliefs. Women of that time often had no say in anything and were told what to do by their husbands. It is a possibility that Medea killed them not only to get back at Jason, but to also kill off another generation of controlling men.
"Of all creatures that can feel and think, we women are the worst treated things alive." Since Medea is in play form, it has stage directions. It also is narrated by an outside person that doesn’t know the feelings or thoughts of the characters unless they say them out loud. Medea shows the disadvantages of being a woman in Ancient Greece. She couldn’t do anything about her leaving her and her children, because he was the dominant man. Jason could’ve left her and the children alone without a house, food, or money if he wanted to. The chorus is an important device in the play because they are similar to a narrator. The chorus consists of Corinthian women and represents women of that time. These women share their thoughts with Medea, as well as with the readers. They also give advice to Medea on how to get back at Jason. As time goes on, they do not agree with Medea's ways.
In a way, the chorus brings in sympathy for Medea as well. Everyone else feels as though Medea has lost her mind, but the chorus is always there to offer help and show sympathy for her.
In our opinion, the author wanted to inform readers of what happens when husbands leave their wives. He took a comical approach to a crazy woman in Greece that didn’t get her way, and has her heart broken.
Author's Purpose Medea is jealous of Jason’s new wife. She has a better status, and she is more beautiful than Medea is. Most of all, she has Jason’s love.
Examples: Medea hates the Princess for taking Jason away from her, but the real reason she doesn’t like her is because she is getting affection from the love of Medea’s life.
Themes- Jealousy Medea wants vengeance on Jason for leaving her. She is determined to hurt him even more than he hurt her. She lets revenge and anger blind her from the fact that getting back at him won’t make the hurt go away.
Examples: She purposely kills his wife to get revenge.
She also kills her kids to make him feel the most pain possible.
When asked about why she killed her sons, Medea responded, "It is the supreme way to hurt my husband." Themes-Revenge/Vengeance Background Information Point of View Literary Devices- Irony The ending of the play shows irony. Medea has committed prolicide (act of killing one's own children), as well as the killing of the princess and Kreon. She ruined Jason's life and has been exiled. After all of these unfortunate events, she is still pleased with herself.
"Medea was in everything Jason's perfect foil, being in marriage that saving thing: a wife who does not go against her man." Sympathetic- This tone is provided by the chorus. They are constantly showing sympathy towards Medea, and later on towards the children.
"Do you hear the cry, do you hear the children's cry? O you hard heart, O woman fated for evil!" Tone Medea feels like Jason abandoned her and the kids (even though she is more concerned about herself). He found something better and didn’t think twice about leaving them.
Examples: Jason marries the princess and divorces Medea.
Themes- Abandonment No one in this play thinks about anyone but themselves. All of the characters are more concerned about their own benefit, rather than their loved ones.
Examples: Jason is being selfish for leaving his family to marry someone with a better status.
Medea kills her own children out of selfishness because she is in so much pain.
Themes- Selfishness There is a mentioning of different gods and other powerful people throughout the play.
Great Themis-protector of women in pain.
Hectate- Patron of witchcraft.
Helios- Medea's grandfather and God of Sun
Apollo- God of Music
Aphrodite- Goddess of Love
Pan- God of Wild Nature, mentioned by the messenger when telling Medea of the bride and Kreon's death.
Allusions Modern Version of Medea-Taylor Swift Writes songs about guys that have hurt her in order to get back at them, way less harsh than Medea's choices of revenge, but payback none the less. Constantly leaving his girlfriends for "better looking", younger and/or more famous women. Similar to Jason leaving Medea for a younger, wealthier princess. Modern Version of Jason-John Mayer Modern Version of Medea- Betty Broderick Killed (ex)husband and his new wife. Medea didn't kill her husband, however both took severe revenge. In this movie, the main character's husband is caught cheating, therefore she seeks out to kill his mistress. Very similar to Medea's actions. Modern Version of Medea- Obsessed