The Disposition of the King Essay

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Jason, as shown in The Golden Fleece, has been etched into the Western Canon of literature as the invincible hero, the mortal who rose against the odds. Jason is depicted as the unstoppable warrior that could overcome any adversity, the pinnacle of Greek heroes and the ultimate champion. However, near the conclusion of the epic of Jason commits one final act of horrible treachery by becoming engaged to marry the daughter of the King of Corinth, while he was married to Medea. This act begs the question of what drove Jason to commit such a crime, psychologically speaking. There are several plausible answers that immediately present themselves under the given circumstances in the book, however, after several thorough readings of the original …show more content…
However, Jason fails to realize the impact and importance of Medea’s contributions. Without Medea’s help, Jason wouldn’t even have been able to challenge Pelias’s throne, much less be acclaimed as a legendary hero. Furthermore, Medea killed her brother and had forsaken her father and homeland for Jason, therefore Medea sacrificed just as much, if not more, as Jason did for their marriage. After taking this into account, Jason’s highly distorted perspective seems strongly evidenced in the text. Throughout the text of Medea, Jason makes it clear that he holds patriarchal jurisdiction over Medea as he was the male head of the family. Jason makes several sexist comments throughout the epic in defense of his decision, as he does in his own condescending manner when Medea comes back to patronize him:
Lady, I praise this conduct, not that I blame what is past; for it is natural to the female sex to vent their spleen against a husband when he trafficks in other marriages besides his own. But thy heart is changed to wiser schemes and thou art determined on the better course, late though it be; this is acting like a woman of sober sense. (12)
Jason essentially feels that she has “come to her senses” when she admits that he is right, which reveals the self-centered reality that Jason sees himself in. In this particular passage, Jason attempts to use the defining patriarchal principles of ancient Greek society in order to assert his authority over Medea. However, Medea, being a

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