Medea Essay

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How does Euripides position the audience to sympathize with Medea up to page 46? The composer compels the audience to feel sympathy for the characters abused by Medea, yet still feel sympathy for Medea herself. The conflicting feelings build a sense of confusion and anxiety about the unfolding plot. The play uses pathos, or emotional appeal, to emphasize the importance of loyalty. Medea, in the beginning of the play, was suffering, because Jason did not have the loyalty to stay with her, therefore allowing the people felt sympathy towards her. Her emotional state was caused by how important loyalty was to her, however - she is completely broken psychologically after Jason leaves her. The composer mainly uses characters such as the Nurse, the chorus as well as Aegues to portray and provide the fundamental bases of sympathy. Euripides also uses the patriarchal elitism and the consequent double standard of masculine behaviour is also put on display - women lived oppressed lives during this time; providing the feeling of sympathy towards the character of Medea. In the beginning, Euripides uses the characters of the Nurse and King Creon to position the audience to sympathise with Medea. The Nurse, firstly reveals the recent background events that have caused Medea so much torment: "She herself helped Jason in every way" and now he "has taken a royal wife to his bed". Right away the audience is put in a position of anger towards Jason for breaking his wedding vows, and thus are building up sympathy for Medea as the Nurse describes her acts of suffering. Next, King Creon’s rush to evict Medea, coupled with the background knowledge that Medea has been banished from Colcus before, and then from Iolocus, is also a tool that the author uses to solicit for the audience’s sympathy for Medea. This act actually shows that Medea has been doubly wronged; first, by Jason, and,

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