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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Comparing Euripedes' The Bacchae and Shakespeare's Henry V

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    Euripedes' The Bacchae and Shakespeare's Henry V In Euripedes' The Bacchae and Shakespeare's Henry V, both writers create the character of a king who faces a challenge. Both young men have newly taken the throne and try to prove themselves as worthy kings. Henry confronts overcoming the reputation of the unconstructive behavior of his youth while Pentheus believes people should respect him as a king simply because he is king. While each man handles his problem with his own measures, Pentheus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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