Guilt As A Weapon In Medea

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Often times, people use guilt as a weapon to get what they most desire. The characters in the dramatic play, Medea, use guilt as a means by which to attain little, as well as big, wants and desires.Perhaps the most minor case of guilt as a weapon, happens in the very first pages of the reading. Medea's nurse, wishing to find out gossip uses her pitiful cry to gain the attention of Jason's attendant. "… Don't hide anything from your fellow servant! Tell me; and, if you wish, I'll keep it a secret." (Euripides 200) Essentially, the nurse is saying, "But, sir, we are family!" Servants comprised the lower class and know one another's struggles so well that one would expect them to be close. The nurse is using this commiseration as a means of making the attendant feel guilty enough to tell her his secret. And her plan works wonders, because the attendant finally tells the nurse the awful news about Medea's banishment.Medea, upon finding out this awful news, again uses guilt as a weapon to try to reverse the King's decision. "Many times before has this strange reputation done me harm. A sensible man should never nowadays bring up his children to be too clever or exceptional… I have been wronged, but I shall remain quiet, and submit to those above me." (Euripides 208) Medea tells the King of all the terrible hardships her intelligence as brought down upon her. She blames it, however, not on herself, but upon her father, for teaching her too much, and society, for not accepting her intelligence. She is asking for his pity, for it is not her fault that she has been misunderstood all of her life. She then swears, in an attempt to secure his pity, though she has no intention of standing by her promise that she will be the proverbial "good little girl" and "submit" to his rules and regulations.When this attempt fails, Medea again tries to use guilt to gain pardon, using a different angle, this time. "Take pity on them, Kreon! You too have children of your own; you too must have a soft place in your heart for them. What happens to me now no longer matters. I only grieve for the suffering that will come to my children." (Euripides 209) When Kreon shows no remorse in condemning her, like so many others have, she appeals to his paternal side. She claims that the only thing she worries about her children and she begs him to take them into consideration. What will happen to them if they are banished? They won't have the comforts of home or the security of the city. She attempts to build a brick wall around herself, using the guilt as the paste to hold the bricks together. Unfortunately for him, Kreon can't totally see through her transparent wall.When her efforts to trick the King failed, Medea turned to Jason for help. "And for your sake I made enemies of others whom I need never have harmed." (Euripides 213) She is putting in that last stitch effort to save her own hide by going to Jason and appealing to him through guilt. She did things she never...

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