Medea: Every consequence has its own action

In this week’s reading, ‘Medea by Euripides’ an ancient greek tragedy based on injustice and ruthless revenge where Medea betrayed her own blood to stick with Jason who in return left her to marry the princess of Corinth. Medea was furious and conspired to murder the new bride to seek revenge from the father of her children at the cost of her children’s lives.

“Of all living, breathing, thinking creatures,

women are the most absolutely wretched.”

Have you ever heard about karma where it is believed that you get what you give? In this case, Medea was hit by karma as she had completely disrupted her own family by killing her brother with her own hands. She even convinced the daughters of Jason’s Uncle, Pelias to boil their father alive in the misconception of getting him young again. Medea never thought about the consequences her actions would create and blindly supported Jason even though he was wrong. She was consumed with so much negativity and hatred that she used her children to seek revenge from Jason by sending poisonous gifts to his new bride. I don’t agree with Medea’s statement how she thinks that women are the most unhappy and unfortunate creatures on earth as the state of emotion we are on depends on our actions so if you do good, you get good. I do have sympathy for Medea due to all the sacrifices she made for the love of her life but when the base of the bond is initiated with wrongdoings the end is quite definite. Isn’t life too short to hold on to a grudge and make your life living hell? But Medea had realized once she had lost her children and grief for their death while Jason lost his new bride. To all my readers, never stop spreading positivity and good around you as life is just not worth wasting on negativity and hatred.

 

One thought on “Medea: Every consequence has its own action

  1. I really like your analysis of the karma Medea received. I think it all goes to show that at some point all of our actions have dire consequences. I, however, want to bring light to Medea’s statement of women being unfortunate. I partially agree that her situation only escalated to such a great extent due to her mindset and actions. This doesn’t excuse the lack of power women had in Greece. If you were to be a woman during Ancient Greece, would you fathom having your entire life distraught by the actions of a loved one? I think this story is too complex to ignore the societal context and put blame on one person.

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