Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Medea's role in the play leads to increased hatred towards her
After our debate today and reading Medea, it is hard not to notice the major role Medea plays in the play despite being a woman. As said before in class, women did not usually play big roles in Greek society. However, in the play Medea, Medea seems to play a huge role. This huge role she plays, in my opinion, only helps to lead to her downfall. King Creon of Corinth views her as the "bad guy" in the divorce between her and her husband Jason after he leaves her. She is viewed by him as dangerous, and he wants to exile her. Even Jason is not appreciative of all the sacrifices she made such as abandoning her homeland and killing her brother in order to be with him. I think that if Medea would have been a male character, people would have been much more appreciative of her and easier on her. People are harder on her for her actions due to the fact that she is a woman. Women during Greek society were not treated equally with men.