CLAS 2520 D01
Student Number: 7695759
Although Jason and Heracles both accomplished amazing feats, the way they treated women would make them the worst heroes in Greece because they besmirched the sanctity of marriage and disrespected women. Jason abandoned Medea, who loved him and sacrificed many things for his success, and Heracles was unfaithful and defiled many women in Greece, using them for his own pleasure. Although Odysseus had an affair with two other women, he can still be considered the best hero as he treated women with respect and relentlessly attempted to return home to his wife in Ithaca. As he was tempted by two beautiful and powerful women, he is considered to be the most loyal out of all the heroes in Greece.
Jason was the worst hero based on how he treated women because of his betrayal towards Medea. After all the sacrifices Medea has taken, Jason disposed of her to marry another woman. Medea abandoned her family, killed her brother Apsyrtus, and assisted Jason on his conquests in Colchis. Although there were different versions of Apsyrtus’ death, Medea contributed to his passing; In one version Apsyrtus was portrayed as a child who was killed by Medea, cut into several pieces and thrown overboard to hinder the pursuit of her father. Euripides play Medea illustrated the heartbroken feelings of Medea. The lines 295 to 231 of the play portrayed Medea’s feelings on how Jason changed; She exclaimed how Jason used to be everything that’s good, and by leaving her he has changed to be a wicked man. Medea, although having powers as a sorceress, is still human and Jason’s betrayal shattered her mental and emotional state. Jason’s marriage to another woman despite Medea’s sacrifices can b...
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...his son that he would punish Odysseus. After many events that lead to the death of his crew, Odysseus began to mature and discover the importance of the gods. As the goddess Athena, guided him on his journey, Odysseus’ wisdom increased. He began to understand that the god’s have power over the elements and he should respect them. Odysseus realized the mistakes of his actions and at the end of his journey, he made amends with Poseidon. This is significant as Odysseus appeased Poseidon’s anger, which secured his family’s safety. These events were critical to Odysseus’ growth as a hero, as he became wiser. Odysseus matured in the duration of his journey and ended the cycle of anger between Poseidon and himself. This exhibited that Odysseus had undergone a spiritual journey as well. His journey, which provided him with many hardships, has taught him invaluable lessons.
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