Medea Essay

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Bond Between Woman & Man Of all the living creatures with a soul and mind, we women are the most pathetic. First of all, we have to buy a husband: spend vast amounts of money, just to get a master for our body – to add insult to injury. And the stakes could not be higher: will you get a decent husband, or a bad one? If a woman leaves her husband, then she loses her virtuous reputation. To refuse him is just not possible. When a girl leaves home and comes to live with new ways, different rules, she has to be a prophet – learn somehow the art of dealing smoothly with her bedmate. In Eurpides's play, Medea, many themes concerning the role of women in society are explored. A few that stand out are, the idea of marriage and what it meant for men and women, the idea of good vs. bad, and the idea of submission for women of that era. In the lines 231-243, Medea speaks passionately to the women of Corinth about marriage and what it meant to be a wife. “First of all, we have to buy a husband: / spend vast amounts of money, just to get a master for our body – to add insult” (333-334). This is a powerful statement. In this time period women had to pay the husband-to-be's family in order to be wed. These payments were known as a dowry. The better or more valuable the dowry, the higher social standing the husband usually had. As well, the prospective husband was possibly wealthy. In today's American society we no longer see this practice, but in some cultures, wealth and social standings still plays a role in the marriage partnering. Medea speaks to the women as if marriage is just about a man getting her for her body and children, without any notion of love. The phrase from line 235 states, "Just to get a master for our body" (235). This part of the text gives tremendous insight to the culture of the time. Picture a woman being subordinate to

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