Euripides

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  • The Chorus In Euripides Medea

    In Euripides’ play Medea, the chorus is merely used as an instrument to portray social comment and cultural values. The chorus, in Medea, comprises 15 Corinthian women who are non-professionals, having talent in singing and dancing and serving as a bridge between the protagonist and the audience repeating important lines to portray emphasis on a particular issue or viewpoint. In literature, or more specifically, in Greek tragedy, the chorus is a mere commentator, commenting on the actions of the various characters and representing the voice of a certain set of people. To focus my research, I will be discussing how Euripides’ uses the chorus as a vehicle of social comment and cultural values. To completely understand this issue and delve into…

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  • Universal Themes In Euripides Medea

    Themes: 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…

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  • Euripides Role Of The Chorus Analysis

    In the Athenian play, Medea, Euripides explores the role of the Chorus and how their ongoing interactions with Medea influence and enhance the audience’s understanding and perception of Medea and her choices. The homogenous Chorus was a widely used technique in Ancient Greek theatre to bridge the gap between the audience’s thoughts and the performers’ actions, and for Medea, Euripides uses the naïve Chorus to observe and comment on characters' behaviours and actions, guiding the thoughts of the…

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  • The Theme Of Marriage In Medea, By Euripides

    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…

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  • Medea By Euripides: Literary Analysis

    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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  • The Role Of Medea In Euripides 'Lysistrata'

    Euripides has been considered a misogynist and has been accused of hating women, by various critics and even his contemporary Aristophanes, who blatantly calls Euripides a misogynist in his play ‘Lysistrata’. Euripides utilizes the myth and tragedy of Medea, where originally she would have been considered a villain, where she kills her brother and betrays her father to help Jason, to show the plight of the 5th century Athenian woman. While Medea defied social norms and values of the Athenian…

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  • The Role Of Revenge In Euripides 'Medea'

    The hunger for revenge comes from the passion a person feels when they have been wronged, and science has even proven that it is completely natural. However, throughout the course of history, it has become more and more clear that although seeking and obtaining revenge can be extremely satisfying, it is not always the practical form of justice. This truth is summed up beautifully in a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi, preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement, that stated “an eye for…

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  • Medea Chorus Analysis

    The chorus within the context of Greek drama is a vital element to any production as it provides information and emphasis for the audience of the play, making it easier to better understand the plot and the intentions of the main characters. The identity of the chorus is specific to each play as the class, gender, and race, differs depending on the context of the drama. The chorus of Aeschylus’ Persians is a group of Persian elders, while the chorus of Euripides’ Medea is a group of Corinthian…

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  • Medea Mental Illness Analysis

    Medea: Mental Illness & Free-will Euripides Medea is a classic tale of revenge, as a helpless woman named Medea avenges her husband’s betrayal. Medea contains several elements of a Greek tragedy, such as fate and revenge. Medea, the main character of the play, commits several villainous acts that are “outside of the norm” and forbidden by society. She is a woman who kills her husband’s second wife and also kills her children just to avenge her husband’s betrayal. Her willingness to commit these…

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  • Patriarchy In Greek Drama

    Dionysia. (Brown, 1995, 14). This event involved three dramatists who would compete annually to compose and put on three tragedies each, one of these tragedies being, Medea. Tragedies were notorious for female protagonists, however, Euripides (480-406 B.C.), Medea used a female protagonist for different purpose, to challenge and question the role of women within Greek society. This tragedy explores Medea 's unconditional love for her husband, Jason, after he leaves her for Glauce, the…

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