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It is debatable whether Medea is or not a tragic heroine It can be argued that Medea is a tragic heroine However Medea is not a tragic heroine According to Aristotles poetics a tragic heroine or protagonist is someone who gains information previously unknown leading to important insight In lamer terms a tragic protagonist made an error in judgment and didnt realize until it was too late However Medea is certainly not a tragic protagonist The reason is because Medea did all those evil and cruel things not by accident but purposely to kill people in order to get what she wants Therefore Medea is not a tragic heroine We cant say that the protagonist of the play Medea did not have her reason for seeking revenge on her husband Jason Jason was very mean and not fair to Medea For example after she helped Jason to secure the Golden Fleece and becoming the king of Corinth by killing her own brother Jason has abandoned Medea and his own children in order to remarry with Glauce the daughter of Creon king of Corinth Without Medea Jason would have never been successful in life Jasons arguments with Medea introduce his total lack of backbone as a character He is always making excuses for himself telling Medea with the ridiculous claim that their divorce was for her benefit Medeas criticisms of Jason provide a much more convincing account of his actions than his self-defense He is always offering people to bare minimum whatever he can manage without sacrificing his self interest Also Medeas commitment shows elements of heroism whereas Jasons makes him a limited heartless character After Jason rejected his wife Medea becomes in total hopelessness Medea not only turns against Jason but against the entire world of emotional attachments her children Euripides describes this insight in Medeas two opening cries the first in line 95-96 displays her suicidal helplessness an the second line 110-114
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