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The passage I chose of Jasons response to the culmination of Medeas evil spoke to me not only because of its powerful nature but also because it seems to insinuate that all her evil stemmed from the fact that she was foreign This passage establishes the blatant connection between evil and foreignness For example in line 133 When I took you from your foreign home and brought you to a Greek house you an evil thing a traitress to your father and your native land Jason finally reconciles with the fact that Medea had been evil from the start and he makes multiple references to the fact that no Greek woman would have dared such deeds and that it was Medeas foreign nature that was wilder than that of Scylla in the Tuscan sea Throughout the play Medea is cast as an clever outsider versed in evil arts However the connection between her evilness and foreignness were not clear until this passage In addition Medea could have been easily defended against facing these accusations of being evil In no way has she manifested into this witch that the locals were referring her to until up to moments before this passage For example right before this passage she appears to be completely unhinged as she appears above the house in a chariot drawn by dragons carrying her childrens corpses Therefore this passage serves as the final declarationexample of her barbarous treacherous and horrible nature that characters in the play had associated with her foreignness What I wanted to explore through this passage is the common public belief as evidenced by ideas of the Chorus Jason Creon Tutor all these characters were Greek locals of a foreigner being backwards evil schemingetc There are two ways in which one could examine the foreign stereotypes Euripides sprinkles throughout the play One could argue that Euripides by manifesting Medea into a filicidal murderer was enforcing these stereotypes and
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