Medea Argumentative Essay

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The tragic play Medea is a struggle between reason and violence. Medea is deliberately
portrayed as not a ‘normal woman', but excessive in her passions. Medea is a torment to
herself and to others; that is why Euripides shows her blazing her way through life
leaving wreckage behind her. Euripides has presented Medea as a figure previously thought
of exclusively as a male- hero. Her balance of character is a combination of the
outstanding qualities of Achilles and Odysseus.

The problem set at the beginning of the play is that Jason has decided to marry another
wife, Glauce. Medea is angered and will not let Jason off without punishment. The loss of
Jason is not only a matter of passion; Medea has been completely humiliated by Jason's
decision to take a new bride. Her pride shows again when she refuses Jason's aid. Though
her situation is difficult, she would rather destroy all than accept help from one who has
wronged her so horribly. Living as a barbarian among Greeks has made her more defensive,
more full of hurt pride. To punish Jason, Medea had her children deliver poisoned gifts to
the new bride, to kill her children, Glauce, and Creon. . Medea is not without feeling,
nor is she a sociopath. She comprehends the difference between right and wrong, but
chooses to follow the dictates of rage.

Medeas character can be portrayed as a combination of the outstanding qualities of
Achilles and Odysseus. Medea was a sorceress and held political power, Achilles was the
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