Medea: An Archetype for the Modern Female Serial Killer? Analytical Essay by BrainC

Medea: An Archetype for the Modern Female Serial Killer?
Analysis of the character Medea and how her behavior may be symbolic of the way women, present and past, are treated and how they deal with anger that results from that treatment.
# 53077 | 2,397 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 30, 2004 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper explains how the character of Medea in Euripides's play of the same name may be seen as an archetype for today's female serial killers and violent women. The paper suggests that the play may be used to help understand the phenomena of female anger and female violence, both in the classical era and in today's society.

From the Paper:

"So the story of Medea's anger truly does show striking similarities with the way in which female anger today is conceptualizes and enacted. Her anger is thought to be far less dangerous and real than it is, while in reality it is so strong that it will swallow up her own children. She is exhorted not to be clever and silent but to be forthright with her passions (by Creon), and yet these passions are denied and shrugged off by her former husband. Her anger is real, however, and strongest within the realm of the home and the personal. It is here that, like the unfortunately numerous women of today, she commits her worst violence against her own children. Medea is thus the perfect archetype both of the misunderstood and underestimated angry woman and of the fabled female serial killer who has so consistently flown under the radar of stereotyped law enforcement."

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