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Type of Literature genre DramaTragedyEuripides was born in 484 BC and took up drama at the young age of25 At most drama competitions however his plays came in lastplace until he was about 45 or 50 years old In his entire lifehe wrote 92 plays of which only five received first place awardsat competition Euripides despised women He had been marriedtwice to unfaithful women and had three sons This hate of womenEuripides characterization of women is considered unique in theplay Medea because the tragic Heroine - in this case Jason andMedea in each ones own sense - is done over by a woman aftercheating on her with the princess of the King of Corinth Heplaces emphasis on human emotions and individual psychology inorder to help the reader produce a clear picture of thecharacters Medea features strong dramatic situations and astirring part for the heroine whose attitude of feminine prideand tradition is still popular in todays worldThe entire play takes place on the island of Corinth in presentday Greece Individual places such as MedeaJasons home and thepalace of the king and princess are also spoken of and used in theplay It has an ancient Greek setting as wellTheme What goes around comes aroundThe theme of revenge in the sense of Medeas strong desire to seekAnother possible theme of Medea may be that at times a punishmentof revenge should justify the crime - no matter how severe Onlya person in such a situation and greater beings may know what toMedea - The strong willed woman who would do anything for herhusband is victimized by him and turns deadly After going to agreat extent to help Jason - killing people to be with him andmarried to him - he turns around and marries a younger princessand leaves Medea and their two children with nothing This deeplyangers Medea - her tragic flaw appears to be an over excessivesense of revenge - who goes absolutely berserk and kills theprincess and
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