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Classics - Tragedy.

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Introduction

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Middle

Still, we cannot see Jason as a pure person - he lacks any real deep understanding of what is driving Medea, and he is 'the husband who has lived with his wife for years and not begun to know her' [Furgeson]. He makes if other motives obvious, throughout the play: 'so I can bring up my sons in a manner worthy of my descent...have other sons, perhaps as brothers to your children' This shows that he is not completely altruistic in his actions. There is a heavy egotistical side to his character. Yet he is going out of his way to secure a future for his children, although it seems at times as that he's doing for Medeas sake rather than his own. Cockburn, who is one of the few advocates of Jason, points to a technicality, that in the first agon, Jason speaks second, which is the place usually reserved for the sympathetic character. This is all part of Euripides handling of Jason. In the first 500 lines or so, Jason is blamed for everything: Nurse: 'he has betrayed those near and dear to him' (P.19) This is the first passage in which Jason is specifically mentioned, and we are already hearing of his bad traits.

Conclusion

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