The Scheeming Lives of Medea and Clytmnestra

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Loyal, quiet, supporting, powerless, and child raring are common descriptions used to define the duties expected of women throughout anicent history. However, In anicent Greek plays, these familiar descriptions are but mythical to the powerful, schemming, manipulating, strong and independent descriptions which some Greek women outdarely portrayed in the accounted for anicent Greek records. In Aeschylus’ Greek Trilogy, The Oresteia and in Euripides’ play Medea, the female lead characters portray such strong descriptions of supremacy over their "power hungry" husbands with both betrayal and scheme. In the argument of "Nature vs. Nurture", Medea and Clytemnestra’s conniving intentions prove the theory that nature is the intuitive of a person’s qualities and actions. Though both, Medea and Clytemnestra are beguilingly corrupt, their schemes are only the result of emotional struggle each face from the loss a loved one. Although, Medea and Cltymnestra are but reacting to their emotional state, each of their reactions were wrong, and not due to "nature or nurture" reactions. The actions Medea and Clymnestra schemed, as their way of rehabilitation, is no different from their husbands who had betrayed them. In fact, both woman are repeating the, if not exact, reasons in the first place they began their plans of manipulation. With these actions, both characters had unknowningly added to their emotional state they had been faced with by their families However, Medea and Clymnestra are both portraying the steriotypical normals of the woman of ancient Greece. Living in ancient Greece during such a time involved, putting oneself before others for means of survival.Their vicious actions were acted out just as it normally would have been with any Greek person of the ancient Greek exsistance, female of male. Their actions were due to the result of their "nature or nurture"

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