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Medea Critical Lens Essay

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The play Medea, written by Euripides is a certain classic of the Greek era. The plot revolves around a woman who is divorced by her husband for another woman, Glauce, daughter of King Creon of Corinth and power. This causes her to become enraged and set on vengeance. In the play she states, “The glory of one’s life is to be generous with one’s friends and merciless with one’s enemies.” She then goes on to destroy those around her, and to further destroy the semblance of a life she had. This statement hold truth, and is relative to the Golden Rule that states, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Medea is saying that one should do good for their friends and should treat their enemies as one would be expected to be treated: without mercy. This is shown in King Creon of Corinth’s actions towards the other characters in the play, as well as in the actions of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Arthur Radley. King Creon and Arthur Radley both show a lack of mercy towards their enemies and show kindness towards their family and/or acquaintances.
King Creon is introduced early on in the plot of Medea, and is in conflict with Medea the protagonist. He wishes to exile her from Corinth in order to protect his family from foreseeable harm. Creon orders her to leave the city with her children, in banishment, hoping this would take the looming threat of her and her powers away. Creon, steadfast and mostly pitiless, does this to Medea, despite her constant pleaing. A different side of him is expressed later in the plot as he finds his daughter, Glauce, in flames. This side is not so cruel, because it is capable of love and sympathy. One source says he suicidally embraces her, another says he unknowingly attempts to aid her while she burns. Either way, this shows how Creon visibly risks his own safety to save his daughter, though it brought opportunity for harm. King Creon, one of the antagonists in Medea, shows love and care towards those he holds dear, and is discompassionate towards those who would seek to do his loved ones harm.
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