It’s Potency on her Actions
In Medea, Medea shows copious traits of an unstable individual, which I believe to be characterized by borderline personality disorder. “Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2015, p. 1). Throughout the various actions and emotions displayed by Medea, sorceress and wife of Jason, you can see the relevancy of borderline personality disorder on herself.
According to the Mayo Clinic Staff (2015) a symptom of borderline personality disorder may include, “suicidal threats or behavior or self-injury, often in response to fear of separation or rejection” (p.2). Medea portrays suicidal behavior many times within the play. First, in her very first line of the play when she cries from within the house, "Oh! I am miserable, unhappy in my labored! Oh me, I wish I were dead" (Euripides, 2007, p. 16). Being an important part of the play as her first line, I consider these words to be a significant part of her personality and a significant indication of her suffering. Stating that she wishes she were dead, as she 's alone and the nurse cares for her children, is a clear indicator of her suffering from BPD.
Medea shows suicidal behavior once again when she says, "The unexpected problem that falls on me has destroyed my soul; I am ruined; I have lost the pleasure of life- I want to die, friends, for the one who was everything to me (I 've learned it well enough), my husband, has turned out to be the...
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...wrong direction, yet her distorted self-image doesn’t let her recognize this.
When Medea actually goes through with murdering her children, she seems to feel no resentment whatsoever. I believe her self-image to still remain distorted and unstable as a result of BPD, which is emphasized by this scene. She has just committed filicide, yet she appears above the house in which she has just killed her sons, in her supernatural chariot drawn by dragons. Jason stands a grieving man, as she rides off from the scene in her chariot, seemingly untroubled.
After examining Medea’s actions and reactions, her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder is very clear. Many of Medea’s actions and reactions, reflect on the symptoms of this disorder and her suffering from this disorder.
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