Research paper Medea

Research paper Medea - Nancy Crawley GPS 210 Dr Mitchell Research Paper Medea as the Anti-Hero In literature all around the world women play a role

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Nancy Crawley GPS 210 Dr. Mitchell 11-15-10 Research Paper: Medea as the Anti-Hero In literature all around the world, women play a role, whether it is a major or minor one. A woman can be seen as a heroine, which is a woman that is a hero in a piece of literature. A hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities (Jewell 796). Some may agree in the play Medea, Media is in fact a hero. Many would argue against this. Medea by far is not a hero and does nothing but cause drama and hurt others. A true hero would never act in the manner that Medea does. Medea is in fact the opposite of a hero; because she is so focused on revenge, she ends up ruining many lives, including her own. In the play Medea , Medea demonstrates suicide as an outlet to her problems, a manipulating mentality, anger and wit that succumbs to murder of Kreon, Glauce, and her children and highlights Jason as the subject of sympathy; these key qualities exhibit that the character Medea is not a hero but a villain. In the story Medea presented by Euripides, the character Medea is highlighted as an anti- heroine. In the opening of the play, the reader or audience finds Medea contemplating suicide since her husband, Jason, has left her for a young princess named Glauce. Her resolution of suicide demonstrates that she is not a heroine; her actions or resolution does not invoke courage, self sacrifice, or greater good. Instead, she is consumed in her own devastation, selfishness, and pity. “Oh I wish/ That lightning from heaven would split my head open. / Oh, what use have I now for life? I would find my release in death/ And leave hateful existence behind me” (Euripides 619). In this quote, she is explaining her resolution of suicide. Medea is straining to maintain control and power over her life; she seeks to be heard and revered for the queen she
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once was, “Medea-above all else-needs to be heard; she has a tremendous need for mirroring” (Federici-Nebbiosi 470). Medea exists in a world of black and white. In the text of Susanna Federici-Nebbiosi, she explains that Medea exist in a world of intensity, “Medea measures everything in terms of her ultimate goal and then severs all ties. This happens when she falls ‘madly’ in love with Jason but also when she hates him intensly” (Federici-Nebbiosi 471). Federici- Nebbiosi is explaining that Medea is incapable of seeing the world without emotional limitations; she only sees love and hatred and life and death. Medea exhibits these emotional limitations by killing her own family for the love of Jason, “She helped him through all his trials; slew for him her own sleepless serpent, who guarded the fleece; deceived her father, and secured both the fleece and the soul of Phrixus” (Murray 6). Murray is explaining that Medea instantly reacted on the impulse of love. She turns her back on her family and causes chaos all for the love of Jason. However, once she is scorned
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course GPS 210 taught by Professor Ms.mitchell during the Fall '10 term at Wingate.

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Research paper Medea - Nancy Crawley GPS 210 Dr Mitchell Research Paper Medea as the Anti-Hero In literature all around the world women play a role

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