Medea Thesis Statements for
3. What are the stages of Medea's decision, and
how does Euripides use them to enhance the dramatic effect on the
Thesis: Medea is filled with suicidal self-hate
in the beginning and by the end she is filled with homicidal anger,
which increases the dramatic effect of her actions.
Notes:Medea goes from suicidal to homicidal in
the course of this play. In the beginning, Medea is filled with self
hate, she then moves to anger, and decides to murder Creon, Glauce
and Jason. Once she meets up with the King of Athens and she knows
she has a way to escape, she decides to murder her own children as
well. The dramatic effect on the audience is growing fear for
everyone in the play and newfound sympathy for Jason by the end.
7. What is the effect of dramatic irony and
verbal irony in the play?
Thesis: In the play it Medea, the dramatic
irony of so many characters, not knowing Medea's plans heighten the
suspense that the audience knows horrible things are going to
happen, but the characters are oblivious.
Notes:Irony means that there is a difference
between what is said and what actually is going on. Dramatic irony
is when the audience has knowledge of information and the characters
in the play, do not, and it may be used to foreshadow the future, to
heighten a theme, to give insight into a character or to elicit an
emotional response. It always heighten suspense. Examples of
dramatic irony in the play are when the the nurse says “May it be
enemies, not loved ones that suffer” , when Creon says” you'll
not have time to do what I dread” , when Jason says “I could
never think cruelly of you” , when Jason says “I shall see that
they are all right” talking about the children.
10. Sophocles’ plays had frequent references
to the gods, fate, happiness, wisdom, and the danger of excessive
pride. What you think the moral is in Euripides play?
Thesis: There are many morals in Euripides
plays, I believe the moral in Medea is to never underestimate the
power of an angry woman.
13. Who holds the higher moral ground, Jason or
Thesis: I believe Medea holds the higher moral
ground in the play because Jason understood that Medea was a
homicidal murderer before he even married her.
Notes:Medea holds the higher moral ground.
Jason is weak and the villain in this play. You could argue Medea is
strong and is willing to do anything to get revenge for what Jason
has put her through, even if it hurts her. Jason knew what he was
getting into when he got together with Medea. She had murdered her
own brother. So Jason has no excuse for not understanding the kind
of person she was before he married her. Medea was a good wife and
mother before Jason left her.
14. What is the most controversial issue
Euripides raises in the play? Using Aristotle's elements of tragedy,
discuss its importance to the whole play.
character is the most controversial issue raised in the play because
she chooses to murder her own children just to destroy Jason and her
actions make her wretched and bring out emotional feelings of pity
and horror to the audience
Notes:To make it really horrible for the
audience, Aristotle suggested that the evil deed should be done to a
family member. The most controversial issue raised in the play is
Medea murdering her own two children to destroy Jason.
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