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Euripides was a very modern writer for an Ancient Greece playwright He has been described as a rebellious youth a skeptic and a loner He rejected the traditional Greek gods and instead of making men larger than life Euripides shows men as they are with uncompromising realism Unlike other dramatists of his time he opposed the double standard applied to women and it shows in his works Ion is an example of one his works that portrays all three of these beliefs As performed in its contemporary version all of these aspects are very apparent Right from the beginning of the play Hermes relates the incident of Creusas ravishing It serves to portray Apollo as far from considerate As a god he wields his power and uses Creusa for his own means leaving her feeling violated and childless Ion himself having been raised within the walls of the temple as a faithful servant to Apollo has doubts in to the character of Apollo upon learning of the circumstances of his conception and birth After all how could a god act in such and ungodly manner Finally Athena emerges to confirm Creusas story And while she does manage to placate Ion in the process her actions oppose her image as goddess of wisdom as she blunders her way through her speech appearing rather flippant and no so wise after all Not only do the gods miss the mark of godliness but the human characters in play are far from perfect as well Euripides portrays them as they really are And as human they must face the consequences of their actions The first is seen before the play actually begins with the birth of Ion the direct result of Creusas and Apollos actions While Apollo seems unscathed by the encounter Creusa is heartbroken fearing her child is dead Her pain and injustice is very visible even more so when she has later married and is unable to
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