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Revengeful Medea vs Retaliatory Lysistrata At the roots of revenge is pain and suffering which can cause a number of reactions according to the person and situation Retaliation is another method used to take vengeance against someone who has harmed you Yet how can revenge and retaliation be distinguished from each other Euripides Medea and Aristophanes Lysisitrata can help to answer that question In order to find out which of the two problem solving strategies provides better results the two situations need to be looked at closely By doing so the conclusion is clear that Medeas hateful revenge leads only to tragedy while Lysistratas clever retaliation achieves its purpose The two main characters Medea and Lysistrata face two distinct problems which result in two different approaches to the problems Medea suffers from the pain of a lost love Not only did she lose her beloved Jason but also he left her for another woman On the other hand Lysistrata battles for the return of the men from the war The women in Lysisitrata feel abandoned and alone without their husbands and lovers Although the two situations are different the emotions resulting from them are passionate and strong It is hard to tell which of the two women feels more passionately and strongly for her cause Medeas pain leads her to plot the murders os Jason Jasons wife and Jasons wifes father With poison as her weapon she kills Jasons wife and Kreon It is not surprising that Medea is capable of murder since she killed her own brother This horrible truth goes on to haunt her and the regret is also unbearable To think she did it to escape safely with Jason and now Jason is the man who created the emotional chaos for her Medea thinks back and cries Oh my father Oh my country In what dishonor I left you killing my own brother for it Norton p 673 lns 164-165 Obviously
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