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This essay was written in response to the question - "Medea’s crimes are ultimately a product of the social restrictions which leave her with no legitimate way to address her grievances. To what extent do you agree?"

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Greek mythology Women and death Argonauts Operas Medea Medes Jason Exile Euripides Médée
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Greek mythology Women and death Argonauts Operas Medea Medes Jason Exile Euripides Médée
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To what extent do you agree Euripides, who aims to ignite discussion amongst his traditionalistic Athenian audience, explores the potential impact their conservative views may have on society. Medea’s position as a woman and a wife gives her, and the women of Corinth, very little standing within the community; this lack of recognition and power motivates not only Medea, but also the Chorus in their quest for equality. But, the singular difficulties faced by Medea due to her status amongst Corinth as a barbarian, exile and sorceress, differentiates Medea from the female community, resulting in her having little regard for the civilians and an insatiable desire to be taken seriously. Ultimately though, it is Medea’s hubristic nature that causes these societal restrictions to have an such effect on her, in which she is left with seemingly only one...
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