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How did Medea try to redress the inequality between the sexes?

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ruijuanyang | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 10, 2011 at 7:08 AM via web

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How did Medea try to redress the inequality between the sexes?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that Medea is able to redress the inequality between the sexes through assertion of her own voice through her own actions.  She does not take a passive point of view in her predicament.  She actively understands what Jason did and how it impacted her.  She designs and deliberates over what an appropriate punishment needs to be.  She is a character that believes that she can equalize out the playing field.  The wrong that has been done to her is something that she sees must be reciprocated in equal and in kind.  The desire to take away Jason's children is something that is seen as equal in force to what was done to Medea.  It is here where Medea sees her actions as being able to equalize out what happened between both sexes.  The fact that the Chorus advocates a less active role in what is being planned and Medea distances herself from this reflects how she sees what she is doing as a way to remedy that which is wrong.  The inequality between both men and women is something that Medea might not actively seek to solve in the society.  Medea does not do what she does as a striking blow to gender inequality.  Yet, she seeks to exact revenge on Jason, who is able to do what he does because he is a man and believes that there are no repercussions for what he does.  In response to this, Medea undertakes her brutal deed, in the process making him feel an analogous level of pain that she endures.  In this, there is an equalizing out of the field of gender in that both genders are shown to experience heartbreak and pain at the hands of unspeakable cruelty.

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