Euripides Mede Rebellious Women

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Rebellious Women There are, and always will be, rebels in ever society. People identify the ‘rebel’ as the one who doesn’t follow the moral or social convictions of the time and doesn’t fit in the normality mold. The Webster definition says a rebel is “a person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler.” While society’s rebel definition and the actual definition seem different, they are in fact similar. In the context of society, the established ruler, which is resisted by the rebel, is actually the social convictions of that particular society. The rebel contrasts the social stereotypes of the time. Very few people are willing to be this social rebel because they are afraid of the repercussions.…show more content…
Before the actual problem in the play occurs, it is clear that Medea has already committed a good number of acts. The acts range from killing her brother to allowing Jason and the Argonauts to escape. Medea is no strangers to criminal acts and rebelling against a higher power, both physical and social. The play starts out with Medea learning of Jason’s infidelity. Medea is completely shaken by this action and goes berserk. She does a list full of actions directed to Jason. She begins with sending a poisoned dress to Creusa . Medea then kills her two sons for the fact sons are treasured items to their fathers and trying to rid Jason of any to be able to claim the throne of Corinth. She adds salt to the wound she will not allow Jason to bury his children. The choices are nothing less malicious and wicked, and most certainly rebellious. Medea is a cold-blood killer as well as a rebel. She only kills her sons because it is, “…wound you (Jason)” (Euripides, Medea, Line 1398). However for a weird reason her rebellion is accepted. Euripides allows her to escape with facing disciplinary actions. As well as the chorus by saying, “god finds a way for the unexpected. That is how this story has ended” (Euripides, Line 1415). Basically, fate chose these things to happen to Made and Jason. However if fate was to indeed the cause of this story, why are Medea’s actions so rebellious to the Greek culture. She kills her sons and then doesn’t allow their father to bury them. That goes against Greek customs of proper burial behavior. Thus, Medea, similar Nora, can be distinguished as a rebel to

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