Medea's Revenge Medea, a play by the Greek playwright Euripides, explores the
Greek- barbarian dichotomy through the character of Medea, a princess from the
"barbarian", or non-Greek, land of Colchis. Throughout the play, it becomes evident to the
reader that Medea is no ordinary woman by Greek standards. Central to the whole plot is
Medea's barbarian origins and how they are related to her actions. In this paper, I am
attempting to answer questions such as how Medea behaves like a female, how she acts
heroically from a male point of view, why she killed her children, if she could have
achieved her goal without killing them, if the murder was motivated by her barbarian
origins, and how she deals with the pain of killing her children. As an introduction to the
play, the status of women in Greek society should be briefly discussed. In general, women
had very few rights. In the eyes of men, the main purposes of women in Greek society
were to do housework such as cooking and cleaning, and bear children. They could not
vote, own property, or choose a husband, and had to be represented by men in all legal
proceedings. In some ways, these Greek women were almost like slaves. There is a
definite relationship between this subordination of women and what transpires in the play.
Jason decides that he wants to divorce Medea and marry the princess of Corinth, casting
Medea aside as if they had never been married. This sort of activity was acceptable by
Greek standards, and shows the subordinate status of the woman, who had no say in any
matter like this. Even though some of Medea's actions were not typical of the average
Greek woman, she still had attitudes and emotions common among women. For instance,
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... story of the Greek commander Agamemnon, murdered upon his return from the Trojan War by his unfaithful wife, Clytemnestra. Clytemnestra is killed in revenge by her own son Orestes, who is haunted by the Furies, ghastly women with ...