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In Euripides Medea the protagonist portrayed as the main character abandoned the gender roles of ancient Greek society As a result of this Euripides invented a new version of the gender female Medea defied perceptions of gender by exhibiting male characteristics while existing in the bounds of the female mentality Medea brings a sense of manly courage to womans gender by slaying Creon and Creusa She brings power and hubris decidedly male characteristics to a womans role by slaying her own children in a society where womens identity was dependent on having a husband and bearing children Finally Medea does not commit suicide as do the other Greek heroines of the time but she takes on male behavioral characteristics as she exhibits intelligence and an ability to control herself emotionally as she designs her plot for retribution Medea is determined not to let herself become the traditional female victim in a Greek tragedy She insists on her right to do what her male counterparts have traditionally done in the past In ancient Greek society murder is commonly associated with male protagonists in fact the crimes that Medea commits are no worse than the kinds of butchery committed by the great male heroes of tragedy and epic commonly associated with women One of these crimes is the courageous slaying of her brother which she claims she has done for the sake of Jason lamenting Oh My Father Oh my country In what dishonor I left you killing my own brother for it 6 24-25 She further goes on to justify and rationalize her plans for the murder of Creon and his daughter Glauke and she does not have any remorse but feels it is just retribution for her dishonor If I can find the means or devise any scheme To pay my husband back for what he has done to me-Him and his father-in-law and the girl who married him-For in other ways a
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