Medea How do the
extremes of emotion, love, hate, and revenge illustrate
aspects of human nature. Include your perspective on how this would
affect the audience watching Medea
Medea starts out madly in love with
Jason, then she hates him because he cheated on her and then she
decides to get revenge by destroying everything he has, and this
would affect the audience by shocking them and they would end up
having pity for Jason.
Medea is struck by Cupid's arrow and
has no control over how much she loves Jason. She kills many people
to save Jason early in the relationship, including her own brother.
Her love for him is everything to her and she is crazy with her
Once Jason leaves her for another woman
she hates him, just as much as she ever loved him. Her hate for him
is so intense that she kills the king, Jason's new wife, and even
her own two children.
Her revenge on Jason is complete only
when his entire life has been destroyed. Medea will settle for
nothing less than his complete and utter destruction. It isn't
enough just to kill his new wife because he would still have his two
beautiful boys. So she kills them too.
It is human nature to feel sorry for
Medea at the beginning because Jason is cheating on her. It is also
in human nature, by the end to feel sorry for Jason because Medea
has gone too far in her scheming for revenge. This would affect the
audience by shifting who they were rooting for from Medea to Jason.
Jason may be a jerk but he doesn't deserve what she is doing to him.
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