The Theme Of Marriage In Medea, By Euripides

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In “Medea”, Euripides uses character to develop the theme of marriage. Set in Corinth, the city-state of Athens, Greece, the reader is given a depiction of how a lopsided marriage proved to have disastrous consequences. Medea, a woman of higher class, has “her heart on fire with passionate love for Jason” (1). She is too eager and impulsive that she willingly sacrifices everything, including her family and homeland, in order to be with him. Medea’s marriage with Jason would become secure when she aids him in the retrieval of the Golden Fleece. However, she soon realizes that Jason was not a man of her own kind, when she is soon struck with bitter grief and betrayal when “Jason has taken a royal wife to his bed, deserting his own children and mistress” (1). This demonstrates his unfaithfullness in their marriage that would soon trigger the tragic set of events in the play.
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He was presented the opportunity to marry into royalty and power that he took it without even considering the dire consequences it would have on his family. Jason’s actions would affect the lives of his wife Glauce, Medea and his children. “Now I see it plain, though at that time I did not, when I took you from your foreign home. And brought you to a Greek house, you, an evil thing (43). From this quote, Jason regrets marrying a foreigner and bringing her into his Greek life and society. It was a doomed decision from the beginning. Unlike Medea, who saw their bond as a lawful, emotional and one of loyalty, Jason did not see their marriage as one. His lack of rationality and self-interest caused his own self-destruction. His willingness to marry other women proves that he held no attachment of any sort to Medea. Jason’s marital relationship was unstable since the beginning because of the lack of communication and different ideals and reasonings both him and Medea sought as a

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