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How has your practical work developed your understanding of Medea by Euripides and Two by Jim Cartwright?
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FADY PHILIP - UNIT 1 EXPLORATION NOTES - AS DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES
"How has your practical work developed your understanding of Medea by Euripides and Two by Jim Cartwright?"
I have explored two plays written two and a half thousand years apart: Medea by Euripides in 431BC and Two by Jim Cartwright in 1989; although years separate them, they have similar themes.
Medea, an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based on the myth of Jason and Medea was first produced in 431BC. The plot centres on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for the king's daughter. The tragedy features key themes and ideas of revenge, loyalty, heroism, infanticide, xenophobia and questions of male dominance. Euripides' characterisation of Medea in particular shows the inner emotions of passion, love, and vengeance. Medea sympathetically explores the disadvantages of being a woman in a patriarchal society. In addition, Medea's barbarian identity and characteristics would antagonise a fifth-century Greek audience. "A bloody vengeful fury is abroad." There's been a shocking recent case involving Theresa Riggi (The Times
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