Nancy Crawley Intro. 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 someone who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self sacrifice —that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity (Wikipedia). Some may agree that in the story Medea, Medea is in fact a hero. Many would argue against this. Medea by far is not a hero and does nothing but cause drama and hurts 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. Stover, Tim. Confronting Medea: Genre, Gender, And Allusion In The Angonautica of Valerius Flaccus. University of Chicago. 2003. Overview:
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