Discuss Medea's role as a tragic heroine in Euripides' play Medea

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It's not entirely clear that Medea can be described as a tragic heroine. For one thing, she's far from being a noble character with a tragic flaw. She's the architect of almost everything bad that happens in the play, and she is responsible for some pretty unspeakable acts. In some ways, her character trajectory is almost the exact opposite of a tragic hero or heroine. She's initially quite a sympathetic character. She's been cruelly abandoned by Jason; she left her own people to be with him. But she lacks nobility, both in terms of character and social status. Initially, she's suicidal, and in a state of almost complete mental collapse. It's only at the end of the play, when she's successfully evaded responsibility for all her atrocious actions, that she attains some degree of nobility, albeit one achieved at the cost of widespread bloodshed and suffering.

Medea is by no means a victim of fate. This is another characteristic that sets her apart from the usual run of tragic heroines. At...

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