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Medea Essay

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It is easy to agree with a family member or friend about a bad decision, but it is much more difficult to agree with someone you do not like, or do not even know personally. When that person is a fictional character it is even more challenging. Medea is a very pitiful character, but she is also rather cunning in the way she carries out her actions. However, due to the overwhelming sense of wrong-doing, the reader may find it easy to identify with her. Medea makes a wonderful pathetic character because of her strange way of thinking and rationalizing, ability to manipulate people, and her strong desire to make Jason suffer.
Because of Medea’s strange way of thinking, the reader is able to identify with her. Although she wishes harm on Jason, Medea does not care who else gets hurt along the way. “Ah, lost in my sufferings, I wish, I wish I might die,” (pg. 692, line 97-8). She is able to convince the reader with her first line that her suffering has been so awful, that there is no longer any point in living. Before truly understanding what is going on in the play, Medea is able to get many people on her side. At the very least, she is able to make most people feel sorry for her right away, and recognize her as a pitiful character.
Another thing that proves that Medea has a strange way of thinking is how she rationalizes the murder of Jason’s new wife. Most people, regardless of where they live, feel that murder is wrong. Maybe evoke revenge in the way of ruining a reputation or something along those lines, but never kill. In Medea’s mind, there was nothing else she could do at this point to make Jason suffer like she had suffered. Medea is able to totally remove any human emotion behind the murder. She cannot seem to accept Jason’s new bride as a person, but rather an

obstacle in Medea’s way of happiness, and a hurdle in her normal way of living. In the beginning of the play, Medea says, “…for there is no easy escape For a woman, nor can she say no to her marriage,” (pg. 695, line 234-5). It may have made some readers wonder if Medea was even in love with Jason anymore. Maybe she never wanted to be married to Jason, but because of the time period, she had no other option. Since there is no easy escape, she can rationalize what she is doing. Perhaps she thought that in order to be free from Jason, she would have to do something horrible. Towards the middle of the story, Jason tells Medea that he only left her for the princess so that he could gain more money and power, and be a better provider for his family. It almost sounds like someday they could get back together, although it is clear to the reader that neither one wishes to be anywhere near the other.
In another instance, Medea is able to come up with a plan to make Jason suffer as much as possible in the time span of one day. Many people could not handle murdering four people in one day, let alone being excited about it. It appears as though the wedding, the...

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