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Medea

The following are the topics for the take-home paper. You are to choose any issue and write your essay using the question as a starting point. You are not "answering" questions, so don't see this as an exam where there is a "right" and "wrong" response. Instead, they are general questions that will offer you a framework in which to explore the texts. The questions are frameworks for discussions. You can, if you wish, use outside sources (with proper documentation); however, you need not, and if you do so, the use of sources is not to act as a substitute for your own critical powers. Outside sources can supplement your readings, provide you with background information, provide points of departure, offer insights that you can develop, present readings with which you disagree. All positions and contentions about the text that you make must be substantiated by citing the text. In other words, the same thing that you have done in class - going into the text - is operative here. At the same time, a citation, in and of itself, might not be enough, so when you use the textual reference to make a point, you might have to go into some depth regarding how and why you read a particular line, a speech, an image in a particular manner. Medea 1. A tragedy involves tragic figures; that is, individuals of higher estate who suffer from some kind of flaw that stems from a good impulse that goes awry. They fall and suffer as a result of their flaw and come to a recognition. While it is clear that the events of Medea are tragic, is this play a tragedy? That is, are we dealing with figures who are tragic heroes. If it is a tragedy, whose tragedy is it. If it is not a tragedy, then what is it? A number of modern tragedies move away from the idea of the character's recognition in favor of the audiences' recognition. Still others claim that the play is a tragedy, but the two main figures are not the tragic "heroes," and rather it is society, the culture at large. I don't know. What do you think about it? We have to make something of it. 2. At the center of the play are two issues. One concerns the nature of self- interest. The other concerns the nature of. Take either one and examine it in light of the play. In other words, what is the nature of self-interest in Medea. I expect you to handle it very carefully. OR examine the question of moral responsibility. It can be argued that Medea alone is responsible. I wonder about this. Just as easily, it can be argued that others - Jason, Aegus, the chorus can be held responsible, at least indirectly. If you make a case that Medea alone is responsible, I expect you to tell me why the others can or should be exonerated. If you hold that the others are responsible, again, I expect you to make a case for it. 3. In many ways, Medea is an exploration of the values of an entire society. In the play, Euripides places the Greek value system under intense scrutiny. We see it in the statements of the attendant, in the comments of the chorus, in Jason's first speech on why Medea has gained far more from him than he has from her. One has to wonder if Medea is a play about two individuals, Jason and Medea, or if Jason and Medea are Euripides' excuse to explore the relationships between men and women and to comment on Greek culture. Examine Medea as a social statement. G.T. Kitto claims, "In the last analysis, Euripides' tragic hero is mankind." 4. Medea clearly is able to work a situation to her advantage. One thing that does not surprise us is the complexity and confusion of her motives as to why she kills the children. One thing that does surprise me is the way that almost all of the characters buy into her arguments. How does she do it? If you take this question, you are not limited to any one or all three of her scenes with Jason. I expect close textual reading here. Actually, some critics have claimed that Medea does not manipulate others so much as she exploits their own weaknesses, and that the characters themselves - or at least the male characters - provide Medea with the means of their own destruction. 5. So what do you make of the chariot? It can be "justified," in so far as Medea's power as a sorceress is noted. But that just raises other issues (e.g. - if she is so powerful, does she need Aegus in the first place - and, in this play is she really a sorceress, or merely a very astute herbalist). It can be claimed that Euripides got himself into a bind with his plot, and that was the only way out. Again, though, that is questionable, and there seem to be easier ways out. Be that as it may, the introduction of the chariot at the end raises a number of issues. I want you to tell me what you think Euripides is doing with the chariot, and see how it colors, determines, influences - whatever - the rest of the play. It has been suggested that the way we read the chariot scene determines the final meaning we give to the play.
The following are the topics for the take-home paper. You are to choose any issue and write your essay using the question as a starting point. You are not "answering" questions, so don't see this as an exam where there is a "right" and "wrong" response. Instead, they are general questions that will offer you a framework in which to explore the texts. The questions are frameworks for discussions.
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