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Medea - Key passage

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  • Submitted: 04/04/2010
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International Baccalaureate World Literature

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Pg. 95, 1340 - 1348

Jason You suffer too. You share my pain.

Medea I do. But being spared your mockery takes away the pain.

Jason My sons! What an evil mother you had!

Medea My boys, it was your father's sickness killed you.

Jason But not at least by my hand they died.

Medea No, it was your insult to me, and your new-won marriage.

Jason You really thought this matter of sex made it right to kill them?

Medea You think that's a small misfortune for a woman?

Jason Yes, if she's sensible. But to you it is all disaster.

"Medea" is a play composed by the playwright Euripedes. Apart from being a tragic comedy, one of its chief contradictions is that it was created during a time when the role of women was judged to be insignificant weighed against that of Greek men, yet is an eponymous play with a female protagonist. However, this was carried out so as to divulge insights on how women were regarded and thought of in ancient Greek society. Herein, Medea is the critical unification of a tragic hero, a

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