Thursday, October 1, 2015
Who's The Villain Here?
At the beginning of the play Medea, Medea is a victim of adultery because her husband Jason has left her for another wife. Most of the readers' empathy is directed toward Medea, but as the play rolls on and the end comes near there is a shift of empathy towards Jason. In the closing scenes the reader sees Medea kill her two children and the king along with his daughter who was suppose to wed Jason, therefore making her a villain. I was contemplating on whether or not it was appropriate to call Medea a protagonist since she is very villainous. I looked up if a protagonist could be a villain and yes it can, but of course the traditional heroic traits are abandoned. Medea is a protagonist but could also be an antagonist, since she is one of the bearers of hostilities, other than Jason. So is Medea more of a protagonist or antagonist?