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The complete destruction of her betraying husband allows her to be seen as an empowering hero.

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Medea may not be a heroine, but she is not evil either.

Euripides' Medea I see Medea as a woman who took a chance and stood up for herself. My soft heart has often betrayed me; and I know it? You can hardly in one day accomplish what I am afraid of.

Just like in our society, when the public mask is taken off, what we see is a flawed person – a human – ruled by jealousy and engaging in menial quarrels. Medea seemed to believe that their death was necessary, for two reasons.

One of them is because if she did not kill them, others would – a common theme in literature old and new.

The second reason – and the most shocking one –is because the children’s death would be the ultimate way to wound Jason, just like he wounded her.

The children’s murder is certainly Medea’s most condemnable action, especially since she does not seem to do everything in her power to spare them from pain, thus diminishing her first motivation’s validity to great extent.

Emotionally crushed, the female protagonist takes vengeance by poisoning Jason’s wife to be and killing her own children, after which she flees to Athens to start a new life.

Oddly enough, while her actions were inarguably wicked, it cannot be said that Medea is a fully evil character.

Former princess of Colchis, Medea married Jason after she fled her country and killed her brother to help her lover and live with him.

After a long series of adventures and trials, the couple eventually settle in Corinth and start a family, but Jason abandons Medea to marry princess Glauce.


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