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The Analysis Of Greek Mythology As A Symbol Of Rebellion

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Throughout a person’s life, one goes through the process of rebellion. In the play Medea, a work in translation by Euripides, mythology is symbolic of rebellion. This statement will be proven through the analysis of mythology as fully symbolic of suppression. It will also be proven through an analysis of the world around the character Medea and analysis of Medea’s actions.
In order to comprehend all stances opposing mythology as fully symbolic of rebellion, an analysis will be done to prove mythology as symbolic of suppression. In the beginning, the character Medea is crying for the loss her husband. “O Zeus… do you hear the chanted prayer of a wife in her aguish?” (Euripides 148-149). Euripides' use of the Greek god, Zeus, symbolizes the character Jason. Zeus had many mistresses in which he cheated on his wife Hera. Nothing was done on Hera’s behalf due to Zeus having a greater position of respect. In the time period to which the play is based, women are viewed as personal items and slaves to men. This is similar to Jason due to the fact that Jason has placed the character Medea in a position to which she is helpless to do anything. Medea is a housewife who has a limited role in her house. The only role Medea has is a role to tend for her children. This is an act of suppression due to the fact that Medea has to succumb to Jason’s power; similar to Hera. In turn, these actions tie into the theme of the lack of authority women have in the play, Medea. Furthermore, in the play, the character Medea seduces the character Jason in order to kill the princess. “But I too can help in this. I’ll send a present to your wife…the dress and the golden cornet” (Euripides 943-948). Through the use of this quote, Euripides employs the characterization of being deceiving on the character Medea. This is due to the fact that Medea has poisoned the garments to which Jason will present to the princess. Through deceiving Jason to believe the gift is a jester of Medea’s gratitude to the princess, Medea is able to kill the princess. The action of Medea killing the person Jason loves will emotionally break Jason; making Jason suppress to Medea. Although mythology can be symbolic of suppression, mythology is a greater symbol of rebellion.
Through an analysis of the world around Medea, one will view mythology as fully symbolic of rebellion. In the beginning of the play, the character Medea learns the character Jason plans to marry another woman. When he is confronted he claims, “…you build to such heights your services to me, I hold that credit…to Aphrodite, no one else divine or human” (Euripides 525-528). Euripides uses the device of allusion to accent Jason’s rebellion against Medea. When Jason claims that he owes no debt of gratitude or loyalty to Medea, Jason begins to create purpose in his rebellion. Aphrodite is the instrument to which Jason uses to rebel against Medea. Later in the play, the character Medea is visited by her friend Aegeus. Medea explains her...

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