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Medea Essay

  • Submitted by: Kalyypso
  • on December 16, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 644 words

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The socio-political context of Euripides “Medea” reflects an Athens suffering the loss of democratic ideals. The play reflects many different concerns of the Athenian people of the time. One of the most prominent aspects is the corrupt ruling class that all characters in “Medea” have to endure in such harsh times after the Peloponnese War: Jason and his abuse of freedom and power, the aftereffect of Medea and her agonizing cries to make her and the ones she loves cry along side her, and just all of Athens slowly drifting down the river of Styx, fearful of even the smallest shadows.
Jason often flaunted his cockiness with status, money, and friends. He smugly tells Medea to “my friends who will treat you will” while also offering “my money to help you.” Medea refuses any help from the prince-to-be and is sickened even more by his willingness to just throw his treasures and privileges at her. It is Jason’s undeserved luck and social status that evidently forced Medea into her cocoon of insanity. Jason turns Medea into the wreck that she was just ‘dieing’ to be. It is here that Jason and his newly found friends and family seem to represent Sparta, and lonely Medea, Athens. Jason has power and control while Medea has only her words, wisdom and beliefs. All are crushed when Jason re-enters her life.
Influenced by Jason, Medea announces that “we women are the most unfortunate creatures” and “a woman is prone to crying.” Because of Jason, Medea believes that she is useless and serves no purpose within her world, while before she was proud of her feministic ways and hated only those whom deserved hatred. Medea explains that “with an excess of wealth it is required to for us to buy a husband and take for out bodies a master: for not to take one is even worse.” In her words, she says that woman’s role in society is less that of a man; that if an woman does not fully give herself to a man, she will be looked down upon, and that it is worse than forced commitment....

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