Medea - Techniques Essay

1230 Words Oct 24th, 1999 5 Pages
In the play Medea, by Euripides, many techniques are incorporated to augment the compelling persona of the protagonist, Medea. She has an overpowering presence, which is fashioned through the use of imagery, offstage action and language. Dramatic suspense, employment of the chorus and Deus Ex Machina also serve to enhance the intense persona assumed by Medea.
<br>Medea is frequently associated with images of violence and rage. "She's wild. Hate's in her blood. /She feeds her rage…Stormclouds of anger." These images suggest hatred, and anger, they are powerful and present a strong, illustration of Medea's persona. Like nature, Medea is constructed as commanding and yet also unpredictable; this consequentially creates uncertainty as to
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<br>Language is of great importance in presenting Medea's forceful persona. The "Are we women not the wretchedness?" diatribe on the oppression of women is powerful and commanding. It is delivered early on in the play and has the potential to stun the audience with the passion contained within the words. The notions behind this speech are vital to the play and the vigour of it is essential in presenting the compelling Medea persona. Medea's employment of language is crucial to the construction of her powerful presence. "I realise you were right/What's good for you, is good for us," Medea humours Jason in order to gain what she requires and carry out her treacherous plan. The language is soft with little punctuation, creating a "safe" feeling. "My sons! Your mother! /My sons! Your father!" these two lines are short and implement exclamation marks. This type of language is harsh to hear and suggests tension. The juxtaposition of soft and harsh language, both from Medea's mouth, gives her an authoritative presence, demonstrating her control and thus her power.
<br>Dramatic irony is a technique, vital to the assembly of Medea's compelling persona. While Jason is oblivious to Medea's

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