The Theme Of Lopsided Marriage In Medea, By Euripides

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In Medea, Euripides uses character to develop the theme of marriage and shows how a lopsided marriage can be disastrous. Medea has “her heart on fire with passionate love for Jason” (1). Her impulsive nature leads her to sacrifice everything, including her family and homeland, in order to be with Jason. However, she soon realizes that Jason was not the man she thought he was, when she is soon struck with bitter grief and betrayal. Jason’s disloyalty is shown when Euripides states, “Jason has taken a royal wife to his bed, deserting his own children and mistress” (1). However, she cannot do much about the situation because of her status as a woman in society. Jason’s unfaithfulness to his bond of marriage with Medea would soon trigger the tragic …show more content…
The severing of her marriage creates an infuriating rage within Medea. She refuses to sit back and allow her husband’s actions to go unpunished. Not only is she driven to revenge by her love for Jason, who had destroyed everything they built, but he had broken her trust in their marriage. “Ah, I have suffered. What should be wept for bitterly. I hate you, children of a hateful mother. And your father” (4) Medea says. She becomes twisted by her suffering after Jason’s betrayal. Her passion for revenge reaches a new height when she takes out her anger on her own children, showing the fragile state she was in. These feelings of depression and hatred would build up, ultimately leading her down to a path of vengeance. Medea wants him to suffer the same pain that she had been burdened with when he wronged their marriage and by killing his new bride and their two children, Medea has taken away what Jason holds most valuable in life. Medea tells Jason “Yes, and my grief is gain when you cannot mock it” (44). She expresses with cool attentiveness that Jason can no longer hurt her pride that he had once …show more content…
He portrays Medea as a tragic hero whose conscience would soon be tainted with malicious intentions after being neglected by her husband, Jason. He is depicted as an opportunistic and deceptive man who goes behind his entire family’s back in order to advance his station. It is the struggle between their relationship that later turns Medea’s love into raging fury and jealousy for Jason, leaving the play in a state of conflict. The dramatic development centering around their marriage would soon turn the play into one of Greek 's greatest

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