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Andres Toro Language A: Literature HL World Literature Assignment Candidate number- gkv020 Center number- 1504 Session Number- 0001504-0011 Feminism in Medea
Feminism in Medea Medea is a play in which Euripides challenges society on the view of women. Medea’s actions are similar to those a man might take. She takes charge of her marriage and does not let Jason walk over her. Medea is able to devise a plan to engulf her husband with grief. With this in mind, Medea accepted her plan in a man’s world. Medea is a strong willed woman who is willing to sacrifice everything to make her revenge perfect. Medea is also a woman which displays extreme pride. The events of Medea take place in a male-dominated society. This is to the disadvantage of Medea. However, Medea uses this to her advantage. No one would expect for a woman to do the things Medea did. Creon and Jason find Medea’s cleverness more dangerous and frightening because she is a woman. “A sharp tempered women…” Creon says, “Is easier to deal with than the clever type who holds her tongue.” Women are not expected to be rebellious in ancient Greek. Girls were raised to their role of producing new citizens for the city. A woman’s job was having kids. Medea expresses a rather different opinion. Medea would rather go to war then to have kids. Early on in the play we see that Medea is not your average women. In ancient Greek men were free to divorce women on a whim, and thus wives suffered the insecurity of having no control over their own futures. We have to keep all of this in mind to truly appreciate Medea as a woman. However, Medea is not really a feminist role model. Euripides does not try to show Medea as a perfect role model. He shows us the difficulties that women have. He gives

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