The Importance Of Myths In Greek Society

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Behind every fantasy or myth, there is a deeper truth about life which is why, since times immemorial myths have played an immense role in society, often lending them to story-telling that educates the society, about the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. In short, myths have been explaining the natural, social phenomenon since ages, and been handed down from generations through the centuries. Myths are often the medium through which the society tracks the social, cultural and religious aspects that have shaped the humankind over the years.
It is not surprising, therefore, that works of literature, fiction or non-fiction, often feature myths liberally in a bid to relate to the society and enable mankind to relate to the events around
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She had no right over property, no right to live alone, no right of divorce, no right to vote, and in fact, became considered as full member in her marital home only after she produced her first child! This is why Medea laments that she had nowhere to go after banishment from her husband’s home. “Where am I to go...to have injured.” She also questions why Jason is discarding her even after she had borne him two …show more content…
With her as heroine of the story, Euripedes has questioned the patriarchal system of the Greek society itself wherein Medea has risen against the established norms of marriage, womanhood, revenge and violence. As against general women of the Greek society in Euripedes’ time, Medea is not submissive and rises against her husband; she is not meek at all – she is found raging from the time the text started. Then, women in Greek society were not supposed to be vengeful or commit violent acts. Medea, is so vengeful that she goes against the norms of every society by killing her own children which defies the age old concept of mothers being protectors and nurturers.
One thought process says Medea perhaps loved her children too much and did not want them to be part of Jason’s patriarchal world or leave them at Jason’s mercy. Her act also left Jason without sons, and thus without an heir – another act against patriarchy. Medea had similarly also made her own father heirless by killing her brother. Another act mentioned by Euripedes is her instigating of King Pelius’s daughters into killing their own father – which too is a diabolic act, again against patriarchy. This is how Euripides adapted Medea in the book from the main myth of the Jason and the

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