Sophocles ' Shakespeare 's ' Medea ' And ' Euripides ' Hail From Much Different Time Periods

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Within Euripides Iphigenia at Aulis, and Seneca’s Medea, a variety of atrocious acts take place, sparing no violence and certainly no mercy. Although Seneca and Euripides hail from much different time periods, many parallels can be drawn between the atrocious acts depicted within their works. While the scenarios that lead up to the atrocious acts that take place within Medea and Iphigenia at Aulis differ, many similarities can be found between both antagonists. In addition to the similarities, there is strong suggestion of Seneca’s ability to deeper develop and adapt the works of Euripides, as evidenced through his decision to let human nature supersede divine control. Medea and Iphigenia at Aulis both represent products of their time and location. While Euripides focuses on God and the strength of divine authority, Seneca takes the more modern route of leaving decision to human choice. Both Euripides and Seneca do a captivating job at displaying the atrocious acts that take place through gory detail, which further helps evolve the storyline. Whether it be King Agamemnon, the product of Euripides, or Medea, Seneca’s creation, both allow for the perfect
Both “Iphigenia at Aulis” and “Medea” represent devotion. Iphigenia at Aulis represents a King devoted to his military and the success of his nation. Although he loves his daughter, King Agamemnon understands the repercussions his actions can have and ultimately puts the good of his troops before the life of his daughter.…

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