Medea: Grecian World

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Radical Women and Radical Ideas Historically speaking, the Grecian culture was outwardly masignonstic, holding the men at a much higher esteem than their female counterparts. In Athenian society, a man's world by organization, there was no place for women outside of their homes. Many of the dramas of the era reflected the misogyny and male dominance in the culture. Unlike most playwrights, however, Euripides was well known for his empathy towards women and their role in the Ancient Grecian world. In his tragic play, Medea, he highlighted his sympatheticness towards women. Although Medea was a violent and irrational character, Euripides manages to convince the audience to give her sympathy, showing the Euripides was heavily empathetic with the women of his era. Through his works, Euripides showed that women had the potential to be highly successful and beneficial to the world. Medea harshly criticizes the male-dominated society of Ancient Greece. Medea, the main character of the tragedy, was an extremely radical anti-heroine who continues to inspire both admiration and fear in the readers today. Euripides makes one sympathize with Medea's downtrodden state and applaud her strength and intelligence. However, her bloody and vengeful rampage shocks and unsettles audiences even to this day. Throughout the play, Medea interacts with the dominant males in the storyline. She defies both her husband and her king. She gives her husband little respect, which in her time was unspeakable, and she refuses the King’s demand to have her leave the city that day. Medea M. Dow 2 multiplates the men and shows her true genius. A large part of the oppression of the women in the Ancient Grecian culture, was the denial of education. Medea was extremely smart and was able to kill both her husband’s betrothed and the father of the betrothed, the king of Corinth, showing that even
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