Week 9 – Medea’s Anger

The story of Medea started with the destruction of the relationship between Medea and her husband, Jason. He left her and their children in order to marry into royalty, making Medea suffer heavy grief. In anger, Medea spoke out against her husband and society as a whole by saying:

 

Of all living, breathing, thinking creatures,

women are the most absolutely wretched.

First, you have to pay an enormous sum

to buy a husband, to make things worse,

gets to be the master of your body.

And it’s a gamble: you’re as likely to get

a bad one as a good one. Divorce means disgrace

for women, and you can’t say no to a husband.

Finding herself among strange laws and customs,

a wife needs to be clairvoyant: she has not

learned at home how to deal with her mate (Medea 764).

 

Medea began the excerpt by stating that women are in the worst position of all creatures. She followed that with points reminiscent of modern feminist perspectives. One example was the shedding of light on the idea that men were unrightfully the “masters” of women’s bodies just because they were men. That same idea has been voiced in very recent times with the issue of abortion rights, raising the questions of to what extent women are the masters of their own bodies and whether or not men should even have the ability to decide on matters having to do with women’s bodies, such as abortion. Another example was the idea that divorce means disgrace for women. This was written over a thousand years ago, yet the idea still persists in our modern, progressive culture. It is arguable that our current society casts a negative shadow on divorce, especially divorced women. Lastly, the third example was Medea’s claim that she finds herself among strange laws and customs that expect her to have supernatural powers without learning anything. This same idea can be discussed about modern society, as well, with different people such as working mothers. They are expected to not only take care of their children, but also work full time jobs and maintain the living space without extra support. 

3 thoughts on “Week 9 – Medea’s Anger

  1. Hi Alex, I really liked reading your post as you pointed out great ideas from Medea. Isn’t it interesting how ideas existing thousand of years ago align with current day societal norms and perspectives? One thing that really stood out to me was your comparison between current-day situations that follow similar patterns from the past. Does that mean history repeats itself and we are a part of history? Nevertheless, you did an amazing job!

  2. Hello, it’s nice to see that we think alike. My post for this week was very similar to yours. I think essentially this story shows that history repeats and little was done and is being done to support independent women. Women are seen as insane and mad when they stand up for their rights, body, and independence which is not right because women deserve more rights over themselves without society’s opinions.

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