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Medea. The dialogue in the plays a very important role in terms of characterizing Medeas inner character by what she says to Jason and to the other characters she speaks with

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In the famous play of Medea, Euripides creates an unconventional female protagonist who is more self-willed than many others in Greek mythology. This character could be represented as Medea, who could be described as a self motivated, self controlled, barbaric mannered woman, who relies more on revenge than her own honor and blood. She tends to reach the utmost barbaric state in order for her enemies to feel enough pain to relieve her disconcerted rage, this is proven to us when the nurse says that "no one who makes an enemy with her, will carry off an easy victory". We also notice this when Medea speaks her first words of revenge on Jason, and she says "If I could find a way to work revenge on Jason for his wrongs to me". This essay basically discusses the topic of characterizing Medea by using dialogue, narrative point of view, and the chorus's perception. The dialogue in the plays a very important role in terms of characterizing Medeas inner character by what she says to Jason and to the other characters she speaks with. ...read more.


We also are able to notice the extreme degree of her barbarity, when she intends to kill her own children just so Jason's heart could be crashed and she would by then get her full retribution. "What is a matter with me? Are my enemies to laugh at me? Am I to let them off scot free? I must steel myself into it." Moving on to the narrative point of view, here we realize that narrative essentially describes the mood and the atmosphere Medea lies in during the play. Even though there is not much said by it, it still stands out as a part that fleshes Medea's character is a somewhat more undeviating and simple manner than anything else. At first the narrative describes Medea's state at the beginning and tends to emphasize on her grief. On page 20 this is proven when it is said that "Medea's voice is heard from inside the house", here we notice the degree of her sorrow and how she tends to express it in a loud revealing approach. ...read more.


We notice how Mede's barbarism reaches its optimum point when she decides to kill her sons and this is shown on page 42 where the chorus end up saying "But to kill your own children! Can you steel your heart?" This is where we finally grasp the idea of the degree Medea's barbaric acts come to the utmost limits where she decides to kill her own blood in return for pain on others. In conclusion, we could some up Medea's character to begin cunning yet barbaric, she is also ruled by her emotions and lets them take the best of her and for that reason she is driven by them into fury and rage. We also notice that she is loyal to those who are loyal to her, and this is proven at the beginning of the play when we are introduced to the way she killed a king and escaped from her homeland to live with Jason in harmony. But I do tend to sympathies with her for as she has been conned and cheated upon in one of the most powerful ways, the ways that could drive a sain person out of his wits. ...read more.

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