"Medea:" Empowering or Selfish Woman? Argumentative Essay by Suzannah

"Medea:" Empowering or Selfish Woman?
A discussion about the character of Medea in Euripedes' play "Medea."
# 147702 | 2,088 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | FR
Published on Jun 17, 2011 in Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (General)

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This paper explains how the question of whether Euripedes' Medea "is a champion of women or a tragic self-saboteur" (Bloom, 2002, p.65) continues to be widely debated. The paper explores the question of whether Medea was an empowering or selfish woman by reflecting on her character and nature, while also focusing on the reasons for her actions, subsequently arguing that Medea was empowered by her thirst for justice in a male dominated world. As such, Medea is symbolic of the intelligent and gifted woman caged by patriarchy.

The Battle for Justice in a Male-Dominated World

From the Paper:

''In all other respects a woman is full of fear and proves a coward at the sight of iron in the fight, but when she is wronged in her marriage bed, no creature has a mind more murderous'' (Medea, lines 264-267).
"The question of whether Medea ``is a champion of women or a tragic self-saboteur'' (Bloom, 2002, p.65) continues to be widely debated. Phillip Vallacott (in Bloom, 2002, p.73), for example, argues that Medea ``can champion womankind because she is in no sense an average woman,'' while others simply view her as being evil, monstrous, and consumed with revenge (Blanchard, 2002). Indeed, some feminist critics argue that Medea's ``only fault is in being too strong and outspoken a woman in a man's world, for which she becomes a victim of power politics, traduced by posterity ever afterwards'' (Christa Wolf, cited by Walters, 1998, p.6), thus suggesting that she was innocent of the crimes she committed.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blanchard, Jane M. Article Title: "A Thinking, Feeling Monstrous 'Medea'. Newspaper Title: The Washington Times." Publication Date: November 9, 2002. Page Number: D02. COPYRIGHT 2002 News World Communications, Inc.; COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
  • Bloom, Harold - Editor (2002). Euripides: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide (Bloom's Major Dramatists). Published by Chelsea House Pub (L) (December 2002).
  • Edelson, Loren. "The Trope of Transformation in Medea: A Noh Cycle." Journal Title: Comparative Drama. Volume: 37. Issue: 1. Publication Year: 2003. Page Number: 59+. COPYRIGHT.
  • Lattimore Richard. The Poetry of Greek Tragedy. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
  • Medea - online text. Retrieved 06/12/2011 from:<http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/euripides/medea.htm>

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