The Nature Of God In Medea By Euripides's Medea

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In the Common Intellectual Experience, students are tasked with reading and analyzing many difficult and thought-provoking philosophical works by some of the greatest and most well-known writers. Some of these works are widely accepted and enjoyed by the students while others are tossed aside and forgotten. Though Euripides’s Medea seemed to captivate the students’ attention and allow for profound thinking from the majority of the students, The Bhagavad-Gita seemed to be overlooked. Medea answers, in some way, all three of the central CIE questions (What does it mean to be human? How should we live our lives? What is the nature of the universe and what is our place in it?). Though The Bhagavad-Gita answers these questions, the wording was generally …show more content…
At the very end of the story, Medea takes the dead bodies of her children as she leaves Corinth, with the help of a chariot pulled by dragons that was given to her from her father’s father, Helius. In Greek mythology, there were many gods that create this all-powerful and overseeing divine aspect of life. If there truly is any form of divine being, that means our place in the universe is even smaller. Humans are so small compared to this entity with unlimited power. They can create, destroy, and rule over others. As the chorus sings in Medea, “Zeus in Olympus is the overseer/Of many doings” and he along with the other gods are the only judges of human behavior (Euripides 47). The divine are given the right to judge regular mortals which augments their place in the universe, while at the same time, diminishes the place of humans. They are also given the ability to help regular mortals. The chorus is often found praying to the gods to help ease the situation. For example, when Medea is about to kill her children, the chorus sings, “O heavenly light, hold back her hand” because they know that the only help that they can get at this point will come from the divine (Euripides 40). Humans are insignificant when compared to the divine and sometimes, they can’t even understand everything that is dictated to them by the divine. In the end, no matter what deeds (horrific or wonderful) are accomplished, humans can never have as large of a part in the universe as the

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