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When writing The Medea Euripides challenged the social norms by abandoning the gender roles of the ancient Greek society The main characters Jason and Medea are atypical characters in many ways Medea defies perceptions of the normal attitudes of men and women by overcoming her female emotions and performing acts that the ancient Greeks considered manly Meanwhile Jason seems to be much more meek and diminished These gender anomalies are apparent through Medea and Jasons character traits actions and reasoning Medea pushes the limit of the stereotypical restrictions on her gender by committing murderous acts while her husband Jason acts very womanly The two main characters seem to almost switch or reverse gender roles and then behave in accordance with the reversed roles The most notable male characteristic that Medea embodies is pride After Jason betrays her she seems all too willing to commit murder for the sake of her reputation and revenge The Chorus comments Things have gone badly in every waythere are still trials to come for the new-wedded pair and for their relations pain that will mean somethingand in this I will make dead bodies of three of my enemies-father the girl and my husband I have many ways of death which I might suit to them and do not know friends which one to take in hand Euripides 364-378 Medea has obviously not lost her mind but instead just feels inexplicably drawn to action to avoid being made a fool This unnatural pride is typically associated with the male gender but Medea desires revenge more than any man would The ancient Greek society often considered women submissive and weaker but Medeas character stands directly in opposition of this view Now friends has come the time of my triumph over my enemies and now my foot is on the road Now I am confident they will pay the penaltylisten to these words that are not spoken idly Euripides
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