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Discss if Medea's defeat of Jason also a defeat of the Hellenic world view.

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yarwoodsa | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2012 at 6:47 AM via web

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Discss if Medea's defeat of Jason also a defeat of the Hellenic world view.

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

Posted August 12, 2012 at 7:24 AM (Answer #1)

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I do not necessarily Medea's actions as reflective of a statement on the Hellenistic Greek world view.  I think that in order for this to be the case, there needs to be a complete affirmation that Medea is operating within the boundaries of Hellenistic Greek society.  The Chorus of Corinthian Women demonstrate that this is not the case.  If the Chorus can be seen as reflecting the norms of Greek society, then it becomes clear that Medea is operating outside these parameters.  Certainly, the women in the Chorus agree that Medea has been wronged, Jason has infact betrayed her, as well as Medea has every right to feel angry.  Yet, the Chorus does not sanction what Medea does and does not support her.  This repudiation amounts to how the Hellenistic Greek world view is upheld by Medea.  Medea's actions towards Jason are not actions that the Chorus supports.  In this, one can see how she functions well outside what is sanctioned and understood by the Hellenistic social order.  If anything, the Chorus operates to underscore how important adherence to laws and customs are, affirming the social order and world view in the face of Medea's defiling of it.

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