Ã Read î Mήδεια by Euripides ↠´ Gods often contradictour fondest expectations.
What we anticipatedoes not come to pass.
What we don t expectsome god finds a way to make it happen.
So with this story Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Although this was first written by William Congreve in 1697 not the Bible the distant origins of the sentiment is frozen in human memory but its earliest dramatic expression may have originated with Euripides I think he just gave it words the instinct of some women to be vindictive carriers of hellish wrath is innate I have handled than a few divorces where all parties involved both attorneys and the husband stood in open mouthed shock and amazement of how bats crazy mad the wife could be Damn, girl Let it go.
Some women cannot She has been wronged and God and all the angels are going to know about it In Medea s defense, Jason had it coming Euripides has created an archetype, a template Medea, Whose Magical Powers Helped Jason And The Argonauts Take The Golden Fleece, Remains One The Strongest Female Characters Ever To Appear On Stage In The Play She Kills Her Own Children A Desperate And Powerful Act Nicholas Rudall S Deft Translation For Contemporary Audiences Provides New Insight Into This Classic Story I understand too well the dreadful actI m going to commit, but my judgementcan t check my anger, and that incitesthe greatest evils human beings doMedea about to Kill her Children, Eug ne Delacroix 1838 As terrible as Medea s actions are at the end of the play, I can t help but feel sorry for her at least is some small way She murders her own children, but she was pushed to the brink of despair as the knife was placed in her hand by her own husband And Euripides plays on this dynamic beautifully Does one wrong justify another She gave absolutely everything to Jason The gods compelled her to love him, and she did ardently that I think she ever realised She murdered for him, she fled her own kingdom and saved him from death She bore his children and helped him rule She gave him everything Without her support he would have achieved nothing And what A Greek tragedyAnd yet Medea, the first in the theater, that of Euripides Here is a tragedy, not a black caricature made to be played, not only just read, built on a well balanced structure and not the how as I pushed you, with a real choir, a female choir Moreover, it is important Who plays his role of average humanity that the viewer identifies and whose perspective changes with the vicissitudes of compassion to horror.
And above all here s a heroine who commits a monstrous act, but which is not a monster.
She still has tears, weaknesses, doubts, hesitations, tenderness and if she decides to atrocious crime of infanticide, it is because it has reached the end of its road.
We are not fooled by this smooth talker Jason, King I wish Shakespeare had written a play where the Macbeths got divorced You d love to see what Lady Macbeth would have to say about it, right The thing with marrying an asshole is, divorcing them isn t going to be pretty.
Here s the ugliest breakup in history, the most famous play by the nastiest Greek playwright, the sly and vicious Euripides The plot is, Jason of the Argonauts, this guy has married an asshole It was a good idea at the time Medea slew an actual dragon for him, and who doesn t get turned on by a good dragon slaying But now that the adventures are over, Jason wants to leave her for a politically advantageous wife The thing with dragon slayers is you get back to your kingdom and they re sortof tra M Medea play , EuripidesMedea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the barbarian kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason s new wife as well as her own children, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life 2012 1389 148 1390 9789642432714 1391 1392 1394 1395 1396 164 1397 76 9786007806777 431 Gracious, hell hath no fury While tunneling through Ovid s Metamorphoses, I ve been coming across a lot of familiar stories from childhood, the ones that have stuck with me over the years and from which I find frequent references in popular culture and life in general such as this tale of a famous warrior who scorns his sorceress wife for another woman you dumbass , the story of Medusa and Perseus, the rape and imprisonment of Persephone, etc I have also, with wholly unchecked excitement, discovered many myths which I was either previously unaware of, or not yet old enough upon my first readings to feel the reverberations from them One such story is that of Philomela which, during my reading, started playing a familiar tune in my head which I finally managed to place it is Titus Andronicus minus the charac
Medea, with her suffering, her hatred, her cruelty, has been present this week in my life Her myth living in various guises of representation And all engaged me in various degrees and manner It all started on Monday when, touring the Thyssen Musem in the search of paintings which had to do with the idea of Travel , I stopped to admire this painting, The Argonauts Leaving Colchis, by Ercole de Roberti ca 1480 This depicts the earlier part of the Myth the adventure in Colchis, The Voyage of Argo The Argonautica As the lovely Medea, in read, is already in the Argos, this represents the return trip with Golden Fleece on board There is no hint of their dark future On Tuesday I watched Pasolini s classic, from 1969,with the magnificent Maria Callas impersonating Medea Pasolini Medea is a play about society, and how it deals with people who do not fit into the dominant cultural code It is about power, marriage, betrayal, hate and revenge as well, but the most important aspect is the typical fate of a strong and intelligent woman, following her husband to his home country She is treated as an intruder and danger to society, mainly because she is different, and knows things other people do not want to see She is the witch that narrowminded provincial men like to hunt, the threat to traditional family structures that scares the community to the point of becoming evil She is the wronged women who has to bear the shame and the consequences of her husband s weakness and treachery I have thought of teaching the play with a global citizenship focus after seeing recent developments in the world, as being foreign once again has a great i