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The tragic play Medea originally written by Euripides then later translated by Philip Vellacott describes the intense love that Medea expresses towards Jason a prince on a quest for the Golden Fleece In an attempt to become closer to the throne Jason marries Medea and they parent two children together However Jason divorces Medea and marries a young princess Many themes present themselves throughout this tragic play but three offer the strongest topics of discussion one the greatest people fall the greatest distances two great people cannot control their emotions therefore they strike back with extreme violence and three excessive love leads to an inevitable misfortune First Euripides describes how the greatest most renowned people fall to a doom of immeasurable pain and suffering moreover he uses Medea as his ideal example Medea prepares to slaughter her two sons My accursed hand come take the sword take it and forward to your frontier of despair Vellacott 55 Medea arrives at her lowest point and degrades herself to the level of a malicious murderer Another example that Euripides uses to describe this theme portrays itself when Creons sympathy goes out toward Medea My soft heart has betrayed me Vellacott 27 Creon reveals that his persona of being a cruel powerful king covers the truth of his sympathetic sensitive feelings towards his acquaintances Euripides successfully weaves this theme into the epic play Secondly the next important theme found in the story illustrates how the greatest people cannot control their emotions and ultimately react with intense violence Jason discusses Medeas uncontrollable rage Fatal results follow from her ungoverned rage Vellacott 36 Medeas irrational actions will almost certainly lead to the death of one of her loved ones ultimately her actions prove to be fatal for her children Medea plans to settle her quarrels by murdering her children the children scream in terror Help help for the gods sake She is killing us We cant
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