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Every highly tragic and dramatic figure has a fatal flaw that leads to his or her downfall The character of Medea fits into this category perfectly Excessive passion is what leads Medea to her destruction Her love for Jason her selfishness and her rage are all factors of Medeas harmartiaFirst the strongest factor contributing to Medeas fatal flaw is her love for Jason During Jasons quest of searching for the Golden Fleece and meets the Princess of Colchis Medea falls madly in love with Jason and runs off to lolcos with him Medea and Jason get married and have two children Medeas excessive love for Jason started showing when she killed his uncle who was the king of lolcos at the time so that Jason could take over the throne and rule But his uncles murder resulted negatively for Medea and Jason They were forced to flee from lolcos to the kingdom of Corinth Once in Corinth Jason meets the king of Corinths daughter He leaves Medea and their two children and marries the princess Because Medea is madly in love with Jason Medea is crushed to find out that Jason has left her Medea explains to the women of Corinth that It has crushed my heart Life has no pleasure left dear friends I want to die Jason was my whole life he knows that well 24 Therefore Medea becomes outraged and over powered with excessive passion Secondly Medeas selfishness provides power to her fatal flaw Medeas selfishness is displayed through the act of killing her own two sons Medea understands that the slaying of her children will make Jason miserable During this time the chorus recognizes her self-worship and states O miserable mother to destroy your own increase murder the babes of your body Stone and iron are you as you resolved to be 56 Medea does not stop to think what pain she may cause to herself by murdering them She is
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