Essay on The Tragedy Of Medea And Euripides ' Oedipus

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Sophocles’ Medea and Euripides’ Oedipus are both horribly tragic characters. They are similar characters in that they worsen their situations through pride, duty, and rage. However, they also vary drastically in terms of morality, fate, and sophistication. Sophocles’ Medea and Euripides’ Oedipus clearly define two opposing sides of Greek tragedy. First, Medea and Oedipus similarly elevate the severity of their predicaments through pride. She clearly feels that she deserved far better from Jason. The play suggests that Medea believes that Jason would not have been successful without her. She, therefore, believes that she must, seek revenge to uphold her pride. She states, “Let no one think me a weak one, feeble-spirited, A stay-at-home, but rather just the opposite, One who can hurt my enemies and help my friends; For the lives of such persons are most remembered,” This demonstrates that Medea believes she must act, in order to uphold her pride. Again, Medea says, “You are a born woman: feeble when it comes to the sublime, marvelously inventive over crime,” Therefore, Medea believes that she possesses powerful skills in more sinister arts. In order, the maintain her pride she must use her skills to work against her betrayers. Medea’s pride elevated the extremity of her circumstances, because pride made Medea believe that she must seek revenge, in order to uphold her self-believed status. Similarly, Oedipus’s Pride causes further damage and catastrophe. Even at the start,…

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