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Unformatted text preview: demanding, deceitful, barbarian sorceress and princess that she is. This really makes Ovids interpretation quite masterful because he takes this myth and play and changes the focus directly to the acts of Medea while keeping the original myth intact. Medea thinking about this love for Jason says, a force that I have never known before impels me now In this one line, the reader realizes if they have any knowledge of the myth of Medea that Ovid is about to describe Medea completing horrific and barbaric tasks that are against the laws and ways of society in order to gain revenge against Jason. As also seen by Euripedes, Medea pervades the meaning of love into hate while Ovid also, in a way, praises Medea for her witch-like ways and her justification in her acts. Ovid lifts up Medea as this one who has this unrecognizable power and uses it for her advantage, disgrace, downfall and then exile which was not seen in the original myth or play....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07