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Posted January 21, 2000
Evil Enchantress Bewitches City, Readers Rejoice
Medea, for those who have not read it, is the living embodiment of a classic. This near-epic play by Euripedes captures the very essence of a Greek tragedy, including such classic elements as royalty, love lost, and murder. In this play, the mythical figure of Medea, an underdeveloped expatriate sorceress, is finally given an opportunity to be a central character. The actual text of the play, making only perfunctory reference to her history as a Colchan priestess, centers around her disillusionment with her husband, Jason. Jason, unfaithful to Medea, has sparked a fury within the woman that will not cease until retribution has been paid. There are several interesting elements about he book. First, the plot is revealed, more or less, through the eyes of a woman, a rarety in ancient Greek culture. This provides a unique opportunity to view the manner in whihc Greeks viewed females, even vastly powerful mythical females. Secondly, the author, Euripedes, makes Medea the heroine of the play, something seldom done to a conniving, murdering, trecherous character. Despite the obvious flaws that exist in Medea's character, the author saw fit to play down these traits, focusing instead on Medea's justification: her rage, her feelings of insecurity, her rightous anger. And somehow, Medea, for all her crimes, comes off without entirely being cast as the villan. I would highly recommend this play to anybody interested in classical works or Greek mythology. The play is not a long read; rather, the action (and there is a lot) is compressed into tightly charged bundles of literary insight, infusing readers with the tension and weighty drama of the piece. This play is too good of a read to pass up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2010
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