Medea is a greek tragedy about heartbreak and the damage it can cause. It was written by Euripides as a continuation of the well known story of Jason and the Argonauts. Throughout the story we follow along with Medea as she tries to cope with Jason leaving her and what actions she decides to take in response. By the end of the play, she has killed the princess and her father (by proximity), and she even killed her two sons. She does all of this just so Jason could live as miserable of a life she says he placed upon her saying, ” [I]f the husband lives with us, bearing the yoke without violence, our life is a happy one. If not, it’s best to die” (Coleridge 1). Through her actions in the play, “Medea was metamorphosed into something inhuman”(Luschnig ix). Medea is seen as a monster that seemingly did all of this for no reason, but when you go more in depth into the plays story from start to finish, Medea’s actions become more understandable.
This article tells of the life of the author of Medea, Euripides. It goes into his background and other bits of information like how he “shunned laughter and wrote his plays in a cave near Salamis” (Cartwright 1). It is an interesting read and it puts you into the mind of the mastermind behind Medea.
Jason and Medea: Noir hero & heroine
Euripides’ Medea started off en medias res, meaning in the middle. This article tells the story of how Medea and Jason first meet and their entire story up until the events in Medea. This story sheds some light on all Medea had to sacrifice just to be with Jason even though it wasn’t even her choice to begin with, having been cursed by a goddess to fall in love with Jason.
Famous Witches- Medea
In the story of Jason and the Argonauts, we learn that Medea is a witch and uses her powers to help Jason achieve the golden fleece. This website goes into detail on how she got her powers and how she used them to help Jason.
Guilty until proven innocent
This article discusses the wrongs both Medea and jason committed, and the double standard of the hate given to Medea but Jason. As Brent put it, why ” One was then and is now considered a hero [and] the other remains a soul beyond redemption”(Brent 1).
This link is to a video that sums up Medea’s story before and after she met Jason. It tells of all she has done and explains what everyone else has done in psychological terms including infanticide and the Medea complex, “the tendency of depressed mothers to wish for the death of their children” (ovovideo).