The Role Of Revenge In Euripides 'Medea'

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The hunger for revenge comes from the passion a person feels when they have been wronged, and science has even proven that it is completely natural. However, throughout the course of history, it has become more and more clear that although seeking and obtaining revenge can be extremely satisfying, it is not always the practical form of justice. This truth is summed up beautifully in a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi, preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement, that stated “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
The main character in Euripides’ famous story of Medea is no stranger to this hunger. In the tragic play, Medea is enraged when her illegitimate husband whom she deeply desired, dishonored her by wedding a princess
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Many people do feel that taking the life of a person who has committed especially heinous crimes is only fair but it has also been argued that these people are seeking revenge on those criminals, and it is controversial whether or not that type revenge is justice.
Currently the death penalty, otherwise known as capital punishment, is legal in thirty one states. The death penalty is enforced when a person has committed an especially heinous crime such as treason, terrorism, espionage, and federal murder.
It is not uncommon in modern-day society for people to seek revenge, it is just extremely frowned upon. According to an online article for dailymail.com a woman in Ohio killed her sons to punish their father for favoring them over their daughter. The prosecutor for the case said “in her mind [the woman that killed her sons] she was protecting her daughter from not being as loved as the boys by their father” (para. 8). Much like Madea, this woman was seeking to right the father’s wrongdoing to their daughter by taking away his sons and forcing him to live with that pain. Medea chose to end the children’s suffering since they would be considered bastards, and similarly, this woman thought that killing the sons would end her daughter’s suffering. In this context,

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