Medea: Jason Brings His Own Downfall Essay

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Medea: Jason Brings His Own Downfall

In Medea, a play by Euripides, Jason possesses many traits that lead to his downfall.
After Medea assists Jason in his quest to get the Golden Fleece, killing her brother and
disgracing her father and her native land in the process, Jason finds a new bride despite
swearing an oath of fidelity to Medea. Medea is devastated when she finds out that Jason
left her for another woman after two children and now wants to banish her. Medea plots
revenge on Jason after he gives her one day to leave. Medea later acts peculiarly as a
subservient woman to Jason who is oblivious to the evil that will be unleashed and lets
the children remain in Corinth. The children later deliver a poisoned gown to Jason's new
bride that also kills the King of Corinth. Medea then kills the children. Later, she
refuses to let Jason bury the bodies or say goodbye to the dead children he now loves so
dearly. Jason is cursed with many catastrophic flaws that lead to his downfall and that of
others around him.


A main trait of Jason's is his obliviousness to everything. Jason doesn't realize that
Medea is crying for a different reason and thinks that whatever he says is right when he
asks Medea, "Why is your cheek so white and turned away from me? Are not these words of
mine pleasing for you to hear?" (p.55). Jason lacks mindful attention to what is happening
around him. Jason was smart enough before to know that Medea is evil and even says that
she is "incapable of controlling her bitter temper" (p.43). Medea easily changes Jason's
awareness of the future with a few words and makes him incognizant again. This leads to
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