Comparing The Iliad By Homer And Medea By Euripides Essay

1743 Words Nov 7th, 2016 7 Pages
In the ancient world, women were seen as objects and inferior to men. Most women were not respect and some were passed around as trophies. The Iliad by Homer and Medea by Euripides, demonstrate the two types of women in ancient world: in the Iliad, Helen, the wife of Menelaus stolen to be married to Paris, and in Medea, Medea, a fleeing princess of Colchis who wants revenge on her husband. Helen would be an example of how women were traditionally treated in the ancient world. Helen was forced to leave her life with Menelaus and be the prize of Paris. She did what she was told and did not have independence. Whereas, Medea was a woman who was feared by the people in Corinth. Medea depended on herself and was extremely vocal about what she disliked. Euripides gave Medea a strong voice and unlike Helen, relied on her own strength and power to right the wrongs done to her. In the ancient world, women were not seen as equals and seen as the blame for some of the problems of the men. In The Iliad, Helen was seen as the blame for starting the Trojan War. Helen was married to the Greek warlord Menelaus. Paris (son of the Trojan King Priam) was invited to their house to eat and have get to know the family. Before Paris was invited, Paris was told by Aphrodite (Goddess of love) that he will be awarded for choosing her as the most beautiful goddess. When Paris arrives to the house of Menelaus and sees Helen, Aphrodite claims that she will award Helen to Paris. Paris agrees and…

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