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Medea

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Transcript of Medea

Medea
by Euripides
Milton Par
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"Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.” - Medea
It's human; we all put self interest first.”
- Medea
Euripides
He was a well known Greek writer
Wrote comedies and tragedies.
Also wrote about Helen
The Plot
Medea's Husband, Jason, leaves her for a princess. Due to her depressed state, her sadness turns into revenge as she plots to kill the princess and her own children.
Themes
Revenge, Individualism, Marriage, Cruelty, Betrayal, and Justice
Main Symbol
The killing of the sons was a symbolic, and violent, divorce between Medea and Jason
Medea And Jason

Medea is depressed at the start, but Jason's "justification" for his actions is what pushed Medea over the edge
Jason is said to be a horrible husband, who only thought of himself. As the story goes on, the reader is left to infer if the marriage to the princess was for his original family or just himself
Why? This Book
The book can be read with multiple lenses for example:
Medea as an unforgivable monster
or
Medea as a hero for women as she fights back against the oppression of power, socially and politically.
Other Characters
King Creon of Corinth- a man who will always protect his daughter, yet has faith in people. This leads to his daughters and his own demise as he lets Medea stay for one day rather than exile her instantly.
King Aegeus of Athens- a man who is sterile, and acts for his own benefit by giving Medea sanctuary if she cures him.
Nurse-serves as a relay and build up for Medea
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