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People are ruled by passions every day of life Everyone would like to be calm and decisive but sometimes people cannot help to be influenced by their emotions Euripides play Medea shows us this passion Throughout the play the characters are unmistakably ruled by their emotions The outcomes of each of them derive from the way they handle and deal with these emotions They get into the situation that theyre in through passion and they must get out the same way In Euripides Medea people are ruled by their passion for something the greatness attained through ones own passions the errors in ones ways and the eventual downfall because of these passions are all consequences of being hauled around by ones own emotions One achieves greatness through how they act Sometimes though greatness can be mixed in with non-grateful acts A perfect example of this type of greatness would be the character of Medea The audience feels that she is great not because of the big picture going on a killing spree but because of the little things that can be seen behind all that is going on Even though she still seems evil for plotting these horrible deeds it is evident that she has a just cause Determination in Medea is seen through her saying Death take you with her father and perish his whole house What a thing to say to your own children Only a woman with the most of courage would say such a thing Admiration for Medea is also evident as she concludes Yes I can endure guilt however horrible the laughter of my enemies I will not endure In other words Medea would like more to be hated by her enemies rather than to be mocked by them Another but much smaller example of greatness that the audience feels toward is Jason He never loses his cool in the heat of the play and remains calm
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