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Throughout Medea both Jason and Medea make choices which can be considered selfish passionate reasonable and sometimes made with careful judgment For example Medeas murder of her brother her murder of her own children Jasons marriage to Glauce and his acceptance of the fact that Medea calms down so quickly after being mad at him for marrying Glauce without notifying Medea first However Jasons choices do not have any elements of careful judgment in them at all and certainly no elements of passion When Medea decides to kill her brother to be with Jason her decision is based on passion selfishness reason and careful judgment To understand how Medea is passionate it is necessary to understand what passion means a powerful emotion such as love joy hatred or anger This sometimes causes people to use drastic actions thherefore clouding their judgment From this definition it can be surmised that Medea is passionate because she is mad with love for Jason and wants to run away with him to Iolchus This passion causes Medea to kill her brother Medea is also passionate when she decides to kill her own children This time the passion is an uncontrollable rage at being betrayed by the person she has loved for so long She feels betrayed because Jason does not even consult with her about his decision to marry Glauce and to leave Medea Controlled by her immense and unquenchable rage Medea decides to kill her children to deal Jason the deepest wound Medea is also selfish when she kills her brother To understand how the reader must understand that selfishness is a state of mind when a person only cares
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