College English After centuries and centuries of fighting for equal rights, many people believe that women have achieved equal rights in the world. This is a great misconception. There are many places in the world today where women can be stoned to death for being raped, on the other hand there are places in the world such as the United States, where women can be the CEO’s of large corporations. It is extremely interesting to see the double standards, expectations, and restrictions placed on women throughout history portrayed in two works of literature that were written in two different time periods. Euripides’ “Medea” and Simone De Beauvoir’s “A Women Destroyed,” are works of literature that were written centuries apart yet they both identify the same problems and clichés that associate with women’s rights. These two stories prove that even if women decide to handle their business differently they are still faced with the same sort of restrictions and expectations that they have been held to for centuries. In Sophocles’ play “Medea,” Medea is cheated on by her husband Jason. Jason was offered hand in marriage with the princess of Corinth by the king, Creon. Right away double standards are put into effect. Jason claims that Medea should feel honored that her husband is leaving her for the princess, giving him some sort of nonsensical idea that he is doing something noble. He tries to make her believe that she should be glad that her children are now going to be royalty. Meanwhile if she was the one who had cheated it would have been a much different scenario. This points directly at the double standard that men are allowed to cheat and get away with it but a woman is labeled a complete whore and in many cases could be exiled or killed. It is extremely interesting to see that this double standard is timeless. Although it may have been more extreme in the past and in other countries, the same ideas apply to relationships in many ways even in modern times. The idea is shown in the play that women are good for nothing more than to have children and raise their children. Medea expresses how she gave up her whole entire life just for…
impossible to take sides at the end of the play; both Medea and Jason are equally guilty. Is it possible to feel sympathy for either of them?”
Medea is the tragic story of a woman desperate for revenge upon her husband, after he betrayed her for another woman’s bed. It was written by Euripides, a Greek playwright, in 431 B.C. Throughout the play each character shows us their inconsistent and contradicting personalities, in particular, Jason and Medea. The play opens with the Nurse expressing her anxiety…
1 October 2014
What’s love got to do with it?
In Euripides tragic play, Medea, a woman that gives everything away for a man’s love is repaid with scorn and abandonment, leading her to seek revenge against her former lover. Euripides portrays Medea as the archetype of emotion, passion, and vengeance and Jason as a symbol of reason, forethought, and betrayal. Untamed emotion inherent to Medea’s character becomes the driving force for her bloodlust and extreme…
April 6, 2014
Parallels Between Carter and Euripides
In both Euripides’ “Medea,” and Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber,” there are several themes that shape the stories these writers created. These parallelisms include violence and revenge, and marriage and infidelity. While they both cover similar themes, the writers interpret them in their own ways.
Euripides famous Greek tragedy “Medea,” contains some of the most graphic violence of its time. It includes a very descriptive…