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eugene delacroix - medea and her children
i love the story of medea. it’s one of the most powerful plays i’ve ever read
medea is a barbarian woman who has been taken from her home and people to marry jason (whom she helped and saved from a dragon in the story of the golden fleece). but as soon as they arrive in corinth, he decides he loves princess glauce instead and wants to marry her, leaving medea in exile. medea says “don’t do that.” he says “sorry, i’m gonna do it, maybe i’ll wire you some cash.” she says “i told you not to do that” and sends the vain princess a poisoned golden robe, which kills both glauce and her father king creon (who tries to remove the poisoned robes from his daughter and gets poisoned himself). medea knows that jason’s #1 dream is to be a ruler with a lot of sons, so she calls for their two sons and murders them — a mother’s ultimate sacrifice for the ultimate revenge. she calls jason over, lets him know that his fiance and fiance’s dad is dead, shows him his kids’ bodies, hoists them onto her shoulder (so that he will also be refused the honor of burying them), then flies away on the chariot of helios pulled by a dragon
aristotle says that the best tragedies will give you a catharsis just from a plot summary. this one definitely does it for me, A+ would summarize again

eugene delacroix - medea and her children

i love the story of medea. it’s one of the most powerful plays i’ve ever read

medea is a barbarian woman who has been taken from her home and people to marry jason (whom she helped and saved from a dragon in the story of the golden fleece). but as soon as they arrive in corinth, he decides he loves princess glauce instead and wants to marry her, leaving medea in exile. medea says “don’t do that.” he says “sorry, i’m gonna do it, maybe i’ll wire you some cash.” she says “i told you not to do that” and sends the vain princess a poisoned golden robe, which kills both glauce and her father king creon (who tries to remove the poisoned robes from his daughter and gets poisoned himself). medea knows that jason’s #1 dream is to be a ruler with a lot of sons, so she calls for their two sons and murders them — a mother’s ultimate sacrifice for the ultimate revenge. she calls jason over, lets him know that his fiance and fiance’s dad is dead, shows him his kids’ bodies, hoists them onto her shoulder (so that he will also be refused the honor of burying them), then flies away on the chariot of helios pulled by a dragon

aristotle says that the best tragedies will give you a catharsis just from a plot summary. this one definitely does it for me, A+ would summarize again

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    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT MEDEA ALWAYS.
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    My archeologist/professor friend (I’ve known her since 5th grade) took me to a performance of Medea some weeks ago, and...
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