Euripedes Essays

  • The Importance of the Role That the Chorus Plays in Euripedes’ Medea

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    The Importance of the Role That the Chorus Plays in Euripedes’ Medea The Chorus is very much an important part of Euripedes’ Medea, and indeed many other works written in the ancient Greek style. In this play, it follows the journey Medea makes, and not only narrates, but commentates on what is happening. Euripedes uses the Chorus as a literary device to raise certain issues, and to influence where the sympathies of the audience lie. In the list of characters at the beginning of the play, the

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth and Euripedes' Medea

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    Shakespeare's Macbeth and Euripedes' Medea Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Euripedes' Medea, are both tragic plays in the classical sense. Both Medea and Macbeth lust for the unattainable, and that lust destroys them. It cannot be said which character is a truly tragic figure, because both fit the description. However, if either character deserves more sympathy it is Madea, the jilted wife, not Macbeth the King killer. Macbeth's lust for power and his willingness to please his wife leads to his downfall

  • Comparing the Themes of Vincenzio Bellini’s Norma and Euripedes' Medea

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    Comparing the Themes of Vincenzio Bellini’s Norma and Euripedes' Medea Vincenzio Bellini’s opera Norma is considered by many to be a reworking of Euripedes' classic Greek tragedy Medea. Both plots have many identical elements of Greek tragedy such as a chorus, unity of location, and a human decision and action culminating in tragedy. Richard Wagner greatly admired Greek tragedies, believing them to be “The highest point ever reached in human creative achievement…” (Wagner 1). In his essay Theories

  • Medea And Othello

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    Two tragedies from two different time period, Medea and Othello show similarities and differences in their characters, story plots and settings. Euripedes’ Medea written in the classical period and Shakespeare’s Othello written in the romantic era, the two tragedies shows different feel of what tragedies are. First of all, the most obvious difference between these two play is how Medea shows unities (time, place and action) whilst Othello has none. It’s clearly shown in the first scene, as soon

  • Otherness in Euripides' Bacchae and Soyinka's The Bacchae of Euripides

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    play. While Euripedes is required to answer specific challenges made by Dionysus to Greek society, Soyinka attempts to trace Dionysian influences into the future, beyond the existence of an historically bound god or culture. Soyinka is more attentive to the transcendent qualities which separate Dionysus from all others. By examining this first conflict in each play, it may be possible to determine how (if at all) Soyinka expands the ethical dilemma first created by Euripedes. In Euripedes' play, Pentheus

  • Gender Issues in Sophocles' Antigone

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    however was not a problem -- the problem was that the Greeks knew, in their hearts, that this was wrong.  Indeed, their playwrights harangued them about it from the stage of Athens continually.  All of the great Grecian playwrights -- Sophocles, Euripedes, Aristophenes -- dealt with the women's issue. All of them argued, in their various ways, that the women of Greece were not nearly as incapable and weak as the culture believed them to be.  All of them created female characters of strength and

  • Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman

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    Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman Willy Loman, the title character of the play, Death of Salesman, exhibits all the characteristics of a modern tragic hero. This essay will support this thesis by drawing on examples from Medea by Euripedes, Poetics by Aristotle, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while comments by Moss, Gordon, and Nourse reinforce the thesis. Death of Salesman, by Arthur Miller, fits the characteristics of classic tragedy. ?.... this is

  • The Wicked Character Medea in Euripides' Medea

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    The Wicked Character Medea in Euripides' Medea The character Medea is disliked by many that read Euripides' Medea. She is not really given much of a chance. It is difficult to read the tragedy without having negative feelings towards the main character. Some readers are content to just hate Medea, while others want to know what would compel a mother to come to be able to commit these crimes. Sara Warner writes, "Transgression must be built into any system in order for it to survive. For example

  • The Death Penalty

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    what they have already done. It's unclear that the murderer has the same right to live as their victim. " Our ancestors... purged their guilt by banishment, not death. And by so doing they stopped that endless vicious cycle of murder and revenge." (Euripedes, Orestes 408 B.C.) By 1500 in England only major felonies carried the death penalty. Reform of the death penalty began in Europe by the 1750's. By the 1850's these reform efforts bore fruit. Michigan first abolished the death penalty in 1847. Various

  • The Medea by Euripedes

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    During 431 B.C., Greek poet and writer Euripedes introduces his short play "The Medea," focuses mainly on the negative portrayal of women; the questioning of traditional mortality; and the role of a foreigner indifferent to conventional aspects of a new land. Within ancient Greek society, women were portrayed in the eyes of a male-predominated society in a unsubstantial role. Women were displaced in the gender system to a form of injustice that had developed against them. Greek society had

  • Who Is Euripedes True Misogynist

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    Euripedes: True Misogynist or Proponent for Women’s Power? According to the dictionary, Misogyny is defined as having a hatred for women. The word itself is originated from the Greek word mysoginia, which is apt because the play Medea was written by Euripedes, a Greek man. For hundreds of years, the world was run based on a patriarchal society, meaning, run solely by men; most likely being the reason why misogyny came about. Euripedes’s Medea, can be construed to have misogynistic undertones at

  • Euripedes Medea versus Aristotlean Poetics

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    Aristotle, a philosopher, scientist, spiritualist and passionate critic of the arts, spent many years studying human nature and its relevance to the stage. His rules of tragedy in fact made a deep imprint on the writing of tragic works, while he influenced the structure of theatre, with his analysis of human nature. Euripides 'Medea', a Greek tragedy written with partial adherence to the Aristotelian rules, explores the continuation of the ancient Greek tales surrounding the mythology of Medea, Princess

  • Medea and Lysistrata

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    convince and organize the female gender to protest against the stubbornness of men. In terms of defining the purpose of these two literatures, it is apparent that Euripedes and Aristophanes created characters that demonstrate resistance against the domination of men in the society. Despite the contrast in the characters of Euripedes' Medea and Aristophanes' Lysistrata, the two playwrights depicted how gender inequality can start a fire. As with Medea and Jason, the battle between the two lead

  • The Symbolism Behind Parents and Children in Mythology

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    The bond between parents and children is something that was created soon after the first man was created. Unlike certain animals, whose children go off and fend for themselves right after birth, the care given to children by human parents is different. As humans, parents care and provide for their child until he/she is ready to live on their own. It is during this process of caring, that the true relationship between parents and their children form. The antiquity of parent child relationships is

  • Sympathy in Medea, Aeneid, Metamorphoses, Orlando Furioso, and Hamlet

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    Sympathy in Medea, Aeneid, Metamorphoses, Orlando Furioso, and Hamlet Euripedes tugs and pulls at our emotions from every angle throughout The Medea. He compels us to feel sympathy for the characters abused by Medea, yet still feel sympathy for Medea as well. These conflicting feelings build a sense of confusion and anxiety about the unfolding plot. In the beginning, the Nurse reveals the recent background events that have caused Medea so much torment: "She herself helped Jason in every way"

  • Ancient Greek Theatre and Drama

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    Ancient Greece, the birthplace of theatre, continues to greatly influence theatre today. Drama is a form of poetry, because dialogue was spoken or sung in verses. Many Greek plays are still relevant today. Some plays survived on their merits, while others were preserved from academic interest or by accident (Peter Arnott). The Great Dionysia was an important yearly religious celebration and festival, honoring Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. The Great Dionysia is where theatre first

  • Gender And Gender In Euripides's The Bacchae

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    Throughout Greek and Roman mythology there are many themes, motifs, and symbols that are consistent amongst the different myths. Some of the more common ones include the abuse of mortals from the gods, the relationship between men and women, and the way in which lust operates in society. All of these are apparent in the writing style of Euripides in his text the Bacchae. This myth explores the battle between Dionysus, who has just returned dressed as a stranger, and Pentheus, who is the current

  • Vincent Van Gogh Adversities

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    Trojan Women is a production written by Euripedes that follows the lives of trojan women after losing all they had in the fall of Troy. These women lost their houses, husbands, family, and even children and had to continue on. They knew that they could not give up because they still had to be strong

  • Sparagmos and Omophagia: Sebastian’s Sacrifice

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    dancing and primal music to achieve a trance-like state until Dionysus possessed the worshippers. This ritual culminated in the rending (sparagmos) and consumption (omophagia) of live, raw flesh. The flesh was typically an animal sacrifice yet in Euripedes play The Bacchae the sacrifice was King Pentheus of Thebes; tricked by the God of Pleasure himself, Dionysus, based on Pentheus’ own temptations and desires. The parallel between Pentheus’ and Sebastian’s deaths is immediately apparent: both were

  • Gregor the Overlander, a Book by Suzanne Collins

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    We humans who live on the surface of the earth are all Overlanders! This is what I found out when I read Gregor the Overlander, a book written by Suzanne Collins. It is the first book in the Underland Chronicles series. This book was 311 pages of Underland adventure. The story begins with the protagonist, Gregor. He is a bony eleven year old boy. He lives in a hot, cramped apartment with his poor, struggling family. He is living in a state of frustration. His seven year old sister Lizzie gets to