were not of a Greek origin; especially those who threatened Greek civilization and culture.
Because most of these “strangers” regularly assaulted Greek cities, the term “barbarian”
regularly practiced the most vile and inhuman acts imaginable. It is obvious that a
Euripides, however, was the first one who created the play where he opposed a
play she exacts a barbaric penalty.
Lest she may sharpen a sword an thrust to the heart,
Stealing into the palace where the bed is made,
And thus bring a greater misfortune on herself.
all war within her.
Ah, I have suffered
What should be wept for bitterly. I hate you,
Children of a hateful mother. I curse you
Of course Medea is barbarian, she came from a different country, she is violent
and everyone knows that she posses the unique and in somewhat supernatural power that
can make people to do things her way. These characteristics correspond to the definition
the king, are afraid of Medea.
I am afraid of you, why should I dissemble it?
able to do something terrible, but also on the fact that people start to realize that a
can take control over them. Another factor that scares people is her being a woman.
Medea?s voice is not only can be heard, but also her speeches are manipulative. She is able
passion in them in response to her own.
You are a clever woman, versed in evil arts,
And are angry at having lost your husband?s love.
Medea is smart, she is greatly aware of being a “foreigner” and the Corinthians seem
Euripides’ main themes. “Great people’s tempers are terrible.” The greatness of the temper
is one measure of the greatness of the person who is angry. Medea?s passion causes
human tragedy. Medea also understands that her passion and anger is based on the
betrayal. Jason did not keep his word, he has broken the oath and this was unacceptable
Medea?s primitive passion is pitted against the civilized demands of a Jason. He
is empty inside, he has no emotions, no passion; the only thing that he has is the desire.
he doesn?t need Medea any more. Moreover, in some way he thinks he helped Medea and
she should be thankful for that.
In so far as you helped me, you did well enough.
But on this question of saving me, I can prove
You have certainly got from me more than you gave.
Jason, as he thinks, lives by the law instead of ?the sweet will of force?. But
what is the law? Who has it been written for? Ancient Greece. Jason is a perfect example
of a representative of this society. He even admits, that women are the unnecessary
It would be better far for men
To have got their children in some other way, and women
Not to have existed. Then life would have been good .
Medea wants to make Jason suffer by making him listen, but for Jason her
argument is invalid. I think Medea is trying to prove that the society, in which money and
some other things, such as love, dedication and ability to keep your word, that are needed
in the society for its success. In this sense Medea?s ideas are more civilized than Jason?s
emotionless and a blind desire for a power. As I mentioned earlier, these Medea?s ideas
are not valid in the Greek society, so she plays her barbaric game until the very end of the