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WORLD LITERATURE 2
Answer 1
From the play, it is clear that Medea was a woman who was very emotional and with
extreme behavior as she could do anything as long as it pleases her. Her extreme emotions in the
play is portrayed when she was willing to lose everything as long as she revenges. It is worth
noting that she killed her (as well as Jason’s) own children as she tried to avenge the betrayal of
her husband. I do not consider Medea as a hero for the tactics she used to make her revenge
(Euripides, 2016). Killing her own children to facilitate revenge is an act that is non-logical and
one that will only leave her with stress and depression, possibly in future when she realizes the
mistake she committed. Even though she was a very emotional woman, Medea should have sought
an alternative way to revenge. Euripides presents her as a woman with some traits of a hero. For
instance, the play recognizes her greatness of intellect and self-absorption, but these traits turn her
into a monster rather than a hero. She had pride, which was closely connected to greatness. This
heroic pride led her to undertake brutal action. She went too far to be considered a hero because
killing her (as well as Jason’s) own children is inhumane and should not be celebrated as a heroic
act.
Answer 2
It was not necessary for Medea to kill her own and Jason's children for her to avenge the
betrayal of her husband. This is because by doing so, she was going to break the laws of human
existence in society. Killing her children would be an unnatural act forbidden in society, and this
is not forgetting that these were very innocent souls who did not deserve to be killed. Even though
the transgression in the entire play was not motivated by Medea but rather Jason's infidelity and
lack of respect to the Medea, Medea should not have considered the decision she made. By killing
those children, she did not only hurt Jason but also herself. It is worth realizing that even after

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Running head: WORLD LITERATURE 1 World Literature Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Date WORLD LITERATURE 2 Answer 1 From the play, it is clear that Medea was a woman who was very emotional and with extreme behavior as she could do anything as long as it pleases her. Her extreme emotions in the play is portrayed when she was willing to lose everything as long as she revenges. It is worth noting that she killed her (as well as Jason’s) own children as she tried to avenge the betrayal of her husband. I do not consider Medea as a hero for the tactics she used to make her revenge (Euripides, 2016). Killing her own children to facilitate revenge is an act that is non-logical and one that will only leave her with stress and depression, possibly in future when she realizes the mistake she committed. Even though she was a very emotional woman, Medea should have sought an alternative way to revenge. Euripides presents her as a woman with some traits of a hero. For instance, the play recognizes her greatness of intellect and self-absorption, but these traits turn her into a monster rather than a hero. She had pride, which was closely connected to greatness. This heroic prid ...
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