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Medea Writing Response, October 7th

Euripides (480-406 BCE) one of three great Greek playwrights. Speaking out against injustice, Euripides was a powerful social critic. One of his best illustrations of the difficulties women faces was The Medea. Medea is a woman in Greek mythology who was daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis. She was a foreigner who had fallen in love with Jason, a Greek adventurer who came to Colchis to claim his inheritance and throne by retrieving the Golden Fleece. Killing her own brother she betrayed her family just to be with him. Soon after, Jason and Medea had two sons. Jason later abandoned Medea for Glauce. Medea took her revenge by sending her a dress and golden coronet, covered in poison killing her. She also kills Glauce’s father and children.
In today’s society it is very similar to the story of Medea. Men still leave their families for other women, and it has been happening for years. If they are in a place where they are unhappy, they will just leave or cheat. Whereas women are sometimes left alone to support their children and try to find another spouse.

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  1. This is a good start, remember to take the time to introduce the topic to the reader. Employ past tense verbage when you write for history. What was the significance of this play? Why is it still remembered in popular culture?

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