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Medea’s Dilemma Following her husband’s abandonment from marriage, Medea—the protagonist of Euripides’ The Medea —is faced with a course of action that presents two equally-unfavorable choices, a dilemma. On the one hand, she can seek vengeance on her evil husband by committing infanticide, thus causing him much grief and sorrow; alternatively, she can do nothing and spare herself the pain of killing her children. Even though—by slaughtering her kids —she shall “suffer twice as much” pain as will Jason, she cannot bear to let her “enemies [go] unhurt” lest they may laugh at her for not seeking retribution (Euripides 95). She concludes that, even though the pain shall be far worse for her than for Jason, it will still be the most evil thing
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Unformatted text preview: she can to unto him. And it is the unadulterated fury she feels that pushes her beyond her self-interest, beyond doing what’s best for her (not killing her kids), to injure her husband. As she says, “I know indeed what evil I intend to do, / But stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury, / Fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils” (Euripides 96). This quotation leads the reader to consider the pure madness that is Medea; she knows her plans are wicked, and she knows the suffering she shall feel for killing her children, and yet she cannot restrain her rage. Works Cited Euripides. The Medea . Trans. Rex Warner. London: The University of Chicago Press, 1955....
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