Medea

Medea

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by Euripides
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0812434684

ISBN-13: 9780812434682

Pub. Date: 01/28/1985

Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation

The old songs will have to change.

No more hymns to our faithlessness and deceit.

Apollo, god of song, lord of the lyre,

never passed on the flame of poetry to us.

But if we had that voice, what songs

we'd sing of men's failings, and their blame. History is made by women, just as much as men.

Medea has been betrayed. Her husband, Jason,

Overview

The old songs will have to change.

No more hymns to our faithlessness and deceit.

Apollo, god of song, lord of the lyre,

never passed on the flame of poetry to us.

But if we had that voice, what songs

we'd sing of men's failings, and their blame. History is made by women, just as much as men.

Medea has been betrayed. Her husband, Jason, has left her for a younger woman. He has forgotten all the promises he made and is even prepared to abandon their two sons. But Medea is not a woman to accept such disrespect passively. Strong-willed and fiercely intelligent, she turns her formidable energies to working out the greatest, and most horrifying, revenge possible.

Euripides' devastating tragedy is shockingly modern in the sharp psychological exploration of the characters and the gripping interactions between them. Award-winning poet Robin Robertson has captured both the vitality of Euripides' drama and the beauty of his phrasing, reinvigorating this masterpiece for the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812434682
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/1985
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction
On the Translation
Medea
Notes on the Text
Glossary
Further Reading

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Medea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Medea is one of the best novels of its time. The uncontrolled emotions of anger and jealousy of Medea overcome her reasoning skills and brig disaster to all. Medea betrayed her father and her native land for Jason. She even killed her own brother to be with him. Jason repays her back by leaving her and having an affair with another woman. Euripedes Medea begins by throwing the author head first into the conflict. Jason has forsaken his wife, Medea, as well as their two sons. Jason plans to marry King Creon¿s daughter. The nurse sympathizes for Medea but foreshadows the unfortunate events of this tragic novel. Overcome with anger and vengeance, Medea vows to repay Jason for what he has did to her. However, King Creon afraid of what Medea might do for revenge, so he banishes Medea and her two children from the city. Medea pleads to stay for one day. The King grants Medea her wish but he knows by doing so he has made a terrible decision. With only one day left Medea devises a plan to get back at Jason. Medea is an awesome book. The book symbolizes women power. Although Medea is considered a tragic hero she defies the Greek societies rules on how a woman should act. Medea fought a battle of passion vs. reason passion won. She acted on her impulses instead of thoroughly examining the situation to find a better solution. Furthermore, Medea gets to the point where she slays her own children to avenge Jason. Medea¿s anger and cleverness is the backbone of this devious plot. The plot and outcome makes Medea a tragic hero. Euripedes style of writing is not only brilliant, but it is original. The literary devices he uses help to convey the theme of this book. People sometimes let our anger consume us and we act on impulses instead of logically finding a solution to whatever the problem might be. To some people Medea is the antagonist, but to most she is the protagonist. It just depends on if you view Medea¿s actions as just or unjust. The real question her is does whether or not what Jason does to Medea justify her means of retaliation? The unfolding suspense, from the beginning to the end keeps the author glued to the book. This book will be sure to keep your attention. This is one Euripedes greatest novels.
SllvnKathleen More than 1 year ago
It could be improved by having a little background on the times of classical Greek tragedy and the best-known playwrights of the era. I would recommend using the Spark Notes Greek Classics with this.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get how she is mad. I would be PO'd but killing your kids? I still like greek mythology, but can't they have happy stories sometimes?