Feminist Play : ' Medea ' Essay

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Euripides 's Medea is an overly dramatized anti-feminist play that borders on portraying prejudices against women as outlandish comedy. To modern readers like the ones in our Gender and Sexuality class at Lick, Medea can come across as comic, but this reaction does not mean that our society is “post-sexist”; there are definitely still many people who agree with the prejudices the play presents. But although Medea can come across as stereotypical in that Medea is the overly-emotional woman and Jason is the overly-logical man, the ancient play still exposes gender roles in a way that is recognizable today; we laugh at the ridiculousness because we are still familiar with such absurd sexism in modern society. Medea’s responses to Jason’s actions are hysterical and based only in emotion-driven reasoning. Medea herself justifies her crazy response by generalizing her actions as if they are based in what every woman experiences. She undermines her strength as a woman saying that “A woman’s weak and timid in most matters; / The noise of war, the look of steel, makes her a coward.” (25). Because Medea describes war as noise, she seems to be responding to it emotionally rather than logically—Euripides suggests that women are so fragile that even scary noises cause them to cower in fear. Similarly the fact that the “look” of steel scares a woman reveals that women rely on their gut emotional reactions rather than logic and thus are scared by stereotypically manly things like war and…

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