Universal Themes In Euripides Medea

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Euripides’ Medea is undoubtedly the most famous and widely produced in modern times. One of the reasons for this modern popularity is a sense that the emotions of this story, though emphasized to the levels of Greek tragedy, are extremely modern and relatable. People move on more than they used to, and can tolerate abandoning their own families and homelands to be with their beloved, to start a family in a new land and hope for it to thrive.To achieve the influence today, any production and direction of Medea have to overpass the gap between the world of the greek mythology and that of modern reality. The play tackles many universal themes: passion and rage (Medea is a woman of extreme behaviour and affection, and Jason’s cheating
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In exposing the interior of the room’s closet, it plays with the fact that even though the character have stepped into her own room they are still not private. This style of theater is ‘in the realm of realism, art which tries to imitate very tightly the world around it’. This abstracts the need for the audience having to be told of the action which is happening inside because currently we can see it for ourselves and make our own judgments about it. This extraordinary staging gave the sense of the audience being a fly on the wall in this personal family animosity. However, the domestic, inside drama meant that we lost the greatness of the ultimately public characters of Greek tragedy, and their monologues as these factors are not suited to the factual setting hoped for in this production. The color scheme of the clothes is an insight into the emotions of conversations and characters associated to her feelings; the dark black clothes refer to her inner self that have turned black out of rage and jealousy. The red color refers to the wielding and erratic rage that Medea goes through and foreshadows the crime that would occur later though it was kept hidden behind the scenes.

This exotic take on Euripides' Medea strongly takes an Ancient Greek play into the modern day, and despite a few obstacles is a largely pleasant way to live in Greek tragedy. The cruel realism at times collides with some of the more stylised choreography, but the enthusiasm of the cast keeps the theatrical storyline live and strong to the very

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