Medea

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Critique-Medea In the beginning, Medea betrays her family by killing her brother to save her husband, Jason. After Medea takes these great steps to show her love, Jason leaves her to marry King Kreon's daughter, and Medea is sent into exile with her two sons. To take revenge, Medea sends Jason's new wife a beautiful golden robe that engulfs her into flames. When Kreon sees his daughter's charred corpse, he flings himself onto her ash and bone mass and dies too. A messenger who, is disgusted by her happiness of the bad news brings the news of the horrible death to Medea. The killing of Jason's new bride is only Medea's first attempt to hurt him; to even the score even more, she also kills their two sons. On the last page of the play Medea says, " Yes. I killed them to make you suffer." There are certain aspects that are characteristic of Greek Plays and none other such as: a chorus with long speeches, and off stage understood violence and sub-plots.

Most modern plays have no equivalent. Had this play been done by the Greeks, it also would have been done outside. Despite all of these factors, the video does a great job in the recreation of this Greek tragedy.

The cast of this play also played an enormous part in this play accomplishing what it was suppose to. The actress who played Medea did a wonderful job playing her part. Her dramatics made the play very realistic. The children of Medea and Jason being so pale acted as a symbol of their death. The three- woman chorus also played a major part by helping to set the mood for the play with their dialogue.

Seeing the video production of Medea did a good job of tying the loose ends of the written play. The costuming and lighting brought the play to life and added a much more realistic touch. This was an excellent depiction of a classic Greek Tragedy.