This week’s play “Medea” by Euripides focuses on Medea’s family life, the experience of exile, and being unloved by the person she gave up everything for. This play was fascinating in showing how far someone can go when they are in “love”. Her rage and destruction caused her to murder King Creon’s daughter, her brother, King Creon, and her children. The play is mostly led by women: Medea, Medea’s nurse, and the chorus of Corinthian women which shows that perhaps Euripides’ purpose in writing this play wasn’t only a breakup story, rather a play of feminine power after a turmoil.
Medea’s rage makes her emotionally distressed to the point where she is not able to think correctly. Her betrayal experience with her husband, Jason makes her conclude that there is no freedom when you are married to a man and the custom and laws are not fair to women. For example, a woman is seen as “ disgraceful” (764) for a “divorce” (764) in society’s view, but society doesn’t realize the independence she received from having a divorce. This is similar to today’s world where a woman is seen as loud or angry when she speaks up for her rights and her body. Interesting enough the way women were oppressed in Greek Mythology time is the same way some women are treated today. Medea wasn’t reasonable when she killed her two children, but she deserves her freedom since she doesn’t have anything else to lose.
Throughout the play, Medea uses repetition of what she has lost as a reason to get revenge. Medea states “I am alone, without a city, disowned by my husband, snatched from a foreign land, I have no mother, brother, or other families to shelter me now that disaster has struck” (765). This goes to show family is the only one that would stay by your side despite the dilemma. However, since nothing is left for Medea, her actions may not have any consequences on her, since she has nothing to lose. This gives her more reason to seek revenge. Her dignity and image of being a woman, mother of two children, and princess of Colchis are destroyed because laws and society let a man have more power in a relationship causing opression to woman.