In Defense of Medea Book Review by Nicky

In Defense of Medea
A presentation of the myth of Medea as a trial, which is reported in the fictitious "Cornith Gazetteer" in 2009.
# 151554 | 2,384 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2012 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Mythology) , English (Analysis)

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This paper relates the infanticide trial of Medea in the form of newspaper articles, following the trial at different stages. The paper presents how, after months of pleading in front of the Greek chorus, in which, recognizing that she is guilt of heinous crimes, her attorney reveals circumstantial evidence to the Court and pleads mitigating circumstances. Using contemporary legal procedures and jargon, the author interprets the story of Medea focusing on her character flaws and passion and Greek tradition. The paper reports that the trial ended in a surprising mistrial because, while the jury was sequestered to deliberate, Medea was taken away by the gods. Cleverly presented, the paper also includes pictures.

Table of Contents:
Infamous Infanticide Monster Trial Begins Today
Medea, the "Monster" - Witness after Witness Testifies.
Medea the "Monster" - Trial summations Heard Today.
Medea the "Monster" - Massive Uproar When Gods Intervene.

From the Paper:

"Instead, let us now imagine a rather more likely interpretation of the events surrounding these terrible tragedies. Who was the perpetrator of the events before us? Kind Medea who gave up her family, her country, and all that was familiar to her to move to a foreign land - and for what reason - for the reason of love and devotion to our very own Jason. How does Jason repay this unconditional love? He locks her inside a manor, never allows her to become acclimated to our wonderful city, never allows interaction with friends who might cheer and advise her, and keeps her as an outsider - lonely and dejected, forced to converse with the nurse and the tutor as her only source of adult contact. He abandons her, and the children I might add, regularly. When he is home, which is rare, his only purpose is to alleviate his primal nature, and even his own employees indicate that he showed little love to the children, and little respect to his wife. Medea is not a wife, she is not even a mother - she is a prisoner. When she hears the news that Jason has taken a new wife and that she is now banished, through no fault of her own, she snaps - she is treated as an outsider, has been made to feel an outsider, and yet when she reacts as an outsider, the is vilified."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ayres, S. (2006). "Newfound Religion: Mothers, God, and Infanticide." FordhamUrban Law Journal. 33(2): 335.
  • Clasuss, J. and S. Isles. (1996). Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art. Princeton University Press.
  • Corti, Lillian. (1998). The Myth of Medea and the Murder of Children. Praeger.
  • Europides, trans. D. Mastronarde. (2002). Medea. Cambridge University Press.
  • McDermott, E. (1985). Euripedes' Medea. Penn State Press.

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