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Character Analysis Of Medea

Term Paper Title: Character Analysis Of Medea
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Character Analysis of Medea

Tim Oleksiak
13 October 1998
ENGLISH 253

     Medea was a devotee of the goddess Hecate, and one of the great sorceresses of the ancient world.  She was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis, and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god.
     King Aeetesí most valuable possession was a golden ramís fleece.  When Jason and the crew of the Argo arrived at Colchis seeking the Golden Fleece, Aeetes was unwilling to relinquish it and set Jason a series of seemingly impossible tasks as the price of obtaining it.  Medea fell in love with Jason and agreed to use her magic to help him, in return for Jasonís promise to marry her.
     Jason fled in the Argo after obtaining the Golden Fleece, taking Medea and her younger brother, Absyrtis, with him.  King Aeetes pursued them.  In order to delay the pursuit, Medea killed her brother and cut his body into pieces, scattering the parts behind the ship.  The pursuers had to stop and collect Absyrtisí dismembered body in order to give it proper burial, and so Jason, Medea and the Argonauts escaped.
     After the Argo returned safely to Iolcus, Jasonís home, Medea continued using sorcery.  She restored the youth of Jasonís aged father, Aeson, by cutting his throat and filling his body with a magical potion.   She then offered to do the same for Pelias the king of Iolcus who had usurped Aesonís throne.  She tricked Peliasí daughters into killing him, but left the corpse without any youth-restoring potion.
     After the murder of Pelias, Jason and Medea had to flee Iolcus; they settled next in Corinth.   There Medea bore Jason two children before Jason forsook her in order to marry the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth.  Medea got revenge for Jasonís desertion by killing the new bride with a poisoned robe and crown which burned the flesh of her body; King Creon died as well when he tried to embrace his dying daughter.  Now, Medea had to flee Corinth alone. She took with her the bodies of her two children, whom she had murdered in order to render Jason further pain.
     Euripidesí Medea was a truly evil character.  My opinion in situations involving the romantic interests of a man and a woman has changed drastically.  Ordinarily, I would be of the mind that says love conquers all.  However, after reading of Medeaís treachery, I can no longer believe that...

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