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Betrayal has held theater audiences spellbound for than twenty centuries Rex Warner's authoritative translation brings this great classic of world literature vividly to lifeReprint of the John Lane The Bodley Head Limited London 1944 editi. “Gods often contradictour fondest expectationsWhat we anticipatedoes not come to passWhat we don't expectsome god finds a way to make it happenSo with this story”

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MήδειαOne of the most powerful and enduring of Greek tragedies Medea centers on the myth of Jason leader of the Argonauts who has won the dragon guarded treasure of the Golden Fleece with the help of the sorceress Medea Having married Medea and. “Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate Incurable in each the wounds they make” Euripides writes a masterpiece of love betrayal and revenge The theme of Medea is the extravagant hatred for the once bewildering love of the heroine for Jason was transformed when he repudiates her to marry another Medea had given up everything for the man she was led by the Gods to love above even herself She saved him from certain death she left the safety of her kingdom she even killed her own brother All in the name of her love for Jason To be abandoned for another womanMedea does not passively sit back and accept the injustice of Jason’s actions; she is definitely not silent in the face of injustice When she feels persecuted by man or men she asserts her own power assuming she has just as much right to act in this way as any man does “Of all creatures that can feel and thinkwe women are the worst treated things alive” The play evolves from a heartbroken melancholic Medea betrayed wife who languished in bed and incapable of even raising her eyelids apparently resigned to her fate to an effervescent and sanguine woman with a terrible desire for revenge that will not stop at infanticide for the utter destruction of her once once loved husband It is interesting to note that compared to the majority of Greek tragedies in Medea the sins and errors committed by Jason and Medea are due to their own actions and not blame it on their destiny or on some avenging GodMedea is certainly a terrible play infanticide is not an easy theme to read about a mother who kills her children is no easy theme “They are the sun that lights his worldSo I will plunge him into darkness” But revenge here has assumes life on its own and should prevail “I understand too well the dreadful actI'm going to commit but my judgementcan't check my anger and that incitesthe greatest evils human beings do” It is intimate powerful and visceral In the play Medea’s designation as a wife or mother is secondary to her own feelings as a woman “A woman like me What am I like that's different from you or any man She appropriates an identity as an individual subject eual to the men who surround her eually powerful and eually wrong If she despises Jason for his ill use of her does she not commit eual crime with so many innocents to obtain her revengeHowever that is the essence of the play Hard as the theme may be this is the ultimate revenge drama Once again I couldn't help but be enthralled by the searing intensity of Euripedes' tragedy Our tragedy however is that today we still witness crimes that remind us of this Greek play

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DOWNLOAD Mήδεια 109 è One of the most powerful and enduring of Greek tragedies Medea centers on the myth of Jason leader of the Argonauts who has won the dragon guarded treasure of the Golden Fleece with the help of the sorceress Medea Having married Medea and fathered her two children Jason abandons her for a favorable match never suspecting the terrible revenFathered her two children Jason abandons her for a favorable match never suspecting the terrible revenge she will take Euripides' masterly portrayal of the motives fiercely driving Medea's pursuit of vengeance for her husband's insult and. “I understand too well the dreadful actI'm going to commit but my judgementcan't check my anger and that incitesthe greatest evils human beings do” Medea about to Kill her Children Eugène Delacroix 1838 As terrible as Medea’s actions are at the end of the play I can’t help but feel sorry for her at least is some small way She murders her own children but she was pushed to the brink of despair as the knife was placed in her hand by her own husband And Euripides plays on this dynamic beautifully Does one wrong justify another She gave absolutely everything to Jason The gods compelled her to love him and she did ardently that I think she ever realised She murdered for him she fled her own kingdom and saved him from death She bore his children and helped him rule She gave him everything Without her support he would have achieved nothing And what does he do He betrays her Pity the man who would attract the ire of such a woman “Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate Incurable in each the wounds they make” Medea is passionate and volatile without any scruples and when the person she loved most in the world abandons her for another woman she only thinks of how she can get him back She doesn’t care about what she will lose or who else she will hurt she only wants to hurt him as he hurt her And Jason is a fool for hurting her He must have known how she was and he should not have pushed such a woman to the brink of despair He drove her mad and she struck back harder than he could have imagined Her actions are of course inexcusable but they are not entirely her own fault Her volatility erupted and she channelled it into the most ugliest and bloodiest of revenges And it’s difficult to read about but it’s also important to read about Although Euripides through his raw and visceral language exaggerates the tempest that becomes Medea’s mind this is surprisingly real world because this does happen it has happened Despair can change a person The play also has powerful feminist undertones Medea shouts to the skies that she is the eual to any man and when she has been wronged she will wrong back as a man would recognising her own crime but committing it all the same And that’s her tragedy she cannot look beyond her own pain and anger