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by: Chanah Fallin

medea engl 2200

Chanah Fallin
World Literature before 1600
Lindsay Doukopoulos

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World lit before 1600, week 3 lecture and small group discussion/debate covering Medea
World Literature before 1600
Lindsay Doukopoulos
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Chanah Fallin on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to engl 2200 at Auburn University taught by Lindsay Doukopoulos in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 22 views. For similar materials see World Literature before 1600 in ENGLISH (ENG) at Auburn University.

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Date Created: 01/30/16
Medea by Euripides gt Dramatic Action she killed princess w poison king dies trying to save her kills children quotwants revenge onjason for leaving her gt motivation she39s been wronged and is upset easier to go to war than to have children gt subtext wants everything the way it was before she left betrayed the family and killed her brother wants to be princess powerful entitled granddaughter of helios god of time theme passing of time beginning nurse i wish had never happened Agives backstory aboutjason Medea and the gold eece and presents time as a theme refer to past as important to understand the present desire to turn back time OR foreshadow the current predicament gt39ltreek audience already knows how it ends they experience it for the skill and interest in the nal outcome golden eece argoargonauts Jason assembles a team he doesn39t go alone is he not enough by himself to succeed in his quest MEDEA an outsider X3 1 woman in maledominant world 2 foreigner barbarian in greek city 3 smart woman surrounded by fools intelligence is a dangerous quality Audience male landowners wealthy woman didn39t go written for male audience identify with but not well receivedJason is a fallen hero Euripides won playwriting comp 4X 90 plays not as popular as Sophocles why oedipus vs Medea Medea strikes terror audience prefers oedipus Medea more compleX pity at the beginning but not the end Women terrorize men in power and capable of anything Medea killing brother king etc Oedipus good man vs fate not invented by him his version 431 BC rst time she kills children princess and escapes w ying chariot last place in 431 after it became hugely popular most performed lost and won for the same reason deeply unsettling play especially for men chorus mainly woman sympathize with Medea and identify with her in the beginning empathy end don39t want her to murder her kids Creon why does he giver her 24 hours he39s aft doesn39t have gumption to kick her out now leadership problems weak questionable gt motivation doesn39t trust her gt action banishes gt subtext intellegent manipulative doesn39t trust Aegus why does he show up in the middle of the play plot hole on his way from oracle Delphi to nd out if he will have children why does he grant Medea Sanctuary she can give him children questionable loyalty why do men continue to take her in Jason why did he leave her give sons a title and princely brothers motive paternal or sel sh AMedea doesn39t kill him kills everyone he loves extreme character anti hero eliminates children no on carries on Medea andjason s lineage time theme clean slate gt quot Medea s only identity and value to men is a mother not powerful Ashe casts down children to unmother herself children are seen to provoke sympathy from the audience Deus EX Machina diety from out of a machine gtquotending medea gets on a chariot characters nd themselves in an impossible situation a god would be lowered down tot resolve the problem Jason ends play groveling and sobbing not much talk about the gods the chorus just suddenly starts speaking and explaining the gods motivation and solution D gt not a crime of passion particularly horrifying force of Medea s actions is that they are done in full will and knowledge consent dramatized 2 betrayals of social order husband v wife mother v children pro feminist play women of corinth speech ln 212276 strong women weak men unselttling counter evidence gt Tragic hero sympathetic and stricken w overwhelming aw that causes them to suffer and repent Medea is the opposite smart deserted outsider rise to revenge and never apologizes prideful and escapes with no consequences gt antihero never IN TENDS to do good gt symbols heliostime doorbarrier Medea is always closed off chorus conscience voice of reason crownroyalty is awed evil manipulative power used against power revenge feminist v anti feminist play


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