Jason Rhetorical Essay

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In the midst of him leaving Medea, Jason testifies the reason for his actions. In the play Medea by Euripides, Jason recently left Medea for the princess and her wealth. Jason attempts to persuade Medea, conveying his naive and careless actions that effect her. Jason begins his speech by squirming his way out of the responsibility of Medea falling in love with him. Jason says “Cypris was alone responsible,” meaning Medea’s falling in love wasn’t natural but wholly caused by a goddess. Jason identifies and applauds Medea’s reasonings of the “attack on [his] wedding,” to persuade her to believe that his getting married to the princess could end happily for everyone. He tries to explain his reasonings of leaving Medea by first listing the reasons he is not leaving her, followed by a shift, and then telling why he is leaving her and how it could be a benefit to not only himself, but to her and the children also. Jason wisely uses logical placements of sequencing words throughout his speech. “Firstly,” “secondly,” and “next” help his argument because they give his speech some order. It’s very well planned and executed. Nearing the end of his speech, Jason brings the children’s futures into the mix. He want to “bring [his] children up worthily” and by marrying into royalty he believes that they will have a successful future. Being naive as he is, Jason believes that the two families can be “[drawn together] and all be happy.” Medea knowing this will never happen, doesn’t even begin to consider his suggestion. Jason’s plans to get Medea on his side did not work in the way he might have hoped it would have. His ideas of living comfortably and never being in need of anything could have tempted Medea to see his side of the story, but never really had her believing it could all work out. Jason may have been successful in some of the points he made
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