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The Medea by Euripides Heroides XII Medea to Jason by Ovid Both Fifth century BC playwright Euripides and Roman poet and dramatist Ovid tell the story of Jason ditching Medea for another woman however they do not always share a perspective on the female matrons traits behavior and purpose Euripides portrays a woman who reacts to injustice by beginning a crusade to avenge all who harmed her which she is prepared to see through even if it means resorting to the most contemptible methods Ovid on the other hand tells of a much less extreme figure whose humble goal is only to persuade Jason to return Despite these differences both Medeas create trouble by acting with emotions instead of with reason and as a result put themselves in regrettable situations Euripides and Ovid present two entirely different sets of motivations for Medeas behavior which surface through her attitude towards Jason In the Athenian tragedy it becomes clear from the onset that Medea harbors an unnatural and overwhelming hatred for Jason and anyone he is connected to Granted anger is a natural response when one spouse leaves his or her mate for another partner but it should not consume the abandoned persons life As the Chorus notes It often happensYou must not waste away 156-158 Medeas stern rejection of this advice is puzzling to the reader but her reasons soon become clear in a soliloquy following a meeting with Aegeus in which she states Let no one think me a weak one 807 Medea is a proud character whose self-image reflects an important person but as was the case with her anger she takes this idea to an extreme The rage that follows Jasons threat to her authority motivates her to think and act destructively Ovid on the other hand saw Medea behaving for a different set of reasons Although the Queen of Colchis displays signs of anger towards Jason indignation does not kindle her
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