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  • Medea And Euripides's Medea

    Euripides’s ancient Greek tragedy Medea renowned itself as a play that truly dwells into the depths of human actions and psychology. It provides the reader with an insight into the lustful and often abusive nature of men as well as the hardships faced by women during those times. Ultimately, both the adaptation of Medea by Robinson Jeffers and the translation by Diane Svarlien revolve around a central theme: Jason abandons Medea for another woman. After being abandoned, Medea seeks what she believes to be a necessary comeuppance. Although the theme of each play remains the same, the characters themselves are depicted entirely different. The differences between the characters, especially Medea and Jason, provide the audience with a new and refreshing outlook on the play. The adaptation of Medea by Robinson Jeffers and the translation by Diane Svarlien provide the reader with significant differences coexisting primarily between the ill-fated lovers Medea and Jason. In the adaptation of Medea by Robinson Jeffers, Jeffers portrays Medea as a murderous woman consumed by desperation. At the start of the play, he provides the audience with an understanding of events that had occurred previously. The audience learns that Medea murdered her brother, betrayed her father, and persuaded two children to murder their father all for the love of Jason. Clearly, Jason stands as a major priority in Medea’s life. Conflict inevitably arises as Jason “cast(s) Medea like a harlot”, leaving her…

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  • Women In Medea, By Euripides's Medea

    in a story. Women are the main characters of a story just as often as men, as either a hero or even a villain. An example of a woman playing a strong role in literature is Medea, although not a hero, the story does focus around her and the revenge she seeks against her lover and father of her children, Jason. Medea demonstrates her true character through the insane, treacherous, murderous, and relentless actions she undertakes in her pursuit of her version of justice. Euripides, the writer of…

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  • What Is The Actions Of Medea By Euripides Medea

    In Euripides’ Medea, the actions of Medea where displayed throughout the story as she dealt with a lot of things with her husband Jason. Medea was deeply in love with Jason and had his back in certain situations that he encountered. In the beginning of the story, the nurse states that “There is no greater security than this in all the world: when a wife does not oppose her husband” (787). Her love that she had for him is what made her go above and beyond in a positive yet negative way. Once she…

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  • The Nature Of God In Medea By Euripides's Medea

    works are widely accepted and enjoyed by the students while others are tossed aside and forgotten. Though Euripides’s Medea seemed to captivate the students’ attention and allow for profound thinking from the majority of the students, The Bhagavad-Gita seemed to be overlooked. Medea answers, in some way, all three of the central CIE questions (What does it mean to be human? How should we live our lives? What is the nature of the universe and what is our place in it?). Though The Bhagavad-Gita…

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  • The Adaptation Of Medea

    In reading both versions of Medea by Euripides, one an adaptation by Robinson Jeffers, the other translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien, it is clear there are differences that affect the reading of the drama. Euripides had a unique way to tap into and connect with the audience and the play Medea is a perfect example. Robinson Jeffers provides a refined version of the work and in his version, the rhetoric is more straightforward, being trimmed to only the essential parts. Jeffers says “Poetry is not…

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  • Obstacle In Medea

    character it is even more challenging. Medea is a very pitiful character, but she is also rather cunning in the way she carries out her actions. However, due to the overwhelming sense of wrong-doing, the reader may find it easy to identify with her. Medea makes a wonderful pathetic character because of her strange way of thinking and rationalizing, ability to manipulate people, and her strong desire to make Jason suffer. Because of Medea’s strange way of thinking, the reader is able to…

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  • Transgression In The Wicked Character Medea In Euripides Medea

    The Wicked Character Medea in Euripides' Medea The character Medea is disliked by many that read Euripides' Medea. She is not really given much of a chance. It is difficult to read the tragedy without having negative feelings towards the main character. Some readers are content to just hate Medea, while others want to know what would compel a mother to come to be able to commit these crimes. Sara Warner writes, "Transgression must be built into any system in order for it to survive. For…

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  • Speech In Medea

    Choice of Media Medea and her lack of control The story of Medea is a story of heartache, loss and death. A reader may portray Medea as a strong woman and then again portrayed as a crazy murderer. The question that arises often in conversation of this play is the question of Medea’s choice and lack of control. The play of Medea is delivered with obsessions and the love for Jason then turning to death, revenge and dishonor. The answer is very clear that Medea is a woman in total control of…

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  • Betrayal In Medea

    In Euripides’ play Medea, the reader follows the final day of Medea’s life in Corinth. The wife of Jason of the Argonauts and mother of his children, Medea’s life has been paved in blood and death. Some years prior to the events of the play, Medea, infatuated by Jason, “…betrayed [her] father and [her] home, and came with [Jason] to Pelias’ land of Iolcus. And then, showing more willingness to help than wisdom, [Medea] killed him, Pelias, with a most dreadful death…” (Medea, 16). Though she…

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  • Love In Medea

    love can even stop war. Medea shows ancient perspectives on love and gender. Medea goes crazy with revenge because Jason betrayed her. In Homer’s Iliad Achilles refuses to fight because of Agamemnon's betrayal of stealing the woman that Achilles loves. This presents ancient thinking of women as possessions. In the Aeneid Aeneas leaves dido to fulfill his destiny. The Aeneid shows the ancient notion of destiny being more important than love. In Plato's Symposium speeches are given about ancient…

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