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Both Medea and Jocasta commit morally reprehensible acts in relation to their children, albeit for different reasons. Medea is traditionally presented as the epitome of evil for the murder of her children. Her rationale for carrying out such a heinous act is tenuous at best: she wants revenge upon Jason.

Jocasta is also party to a truly wicked act, one in which her baby son, Oedipus, has his legs pinned together before being left to die on a mountain. The difference here is that Jocasta (and her husband King Laius) are...

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