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Book Title: Мисли|
The author of the book: Seneca
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 620 KB
Date of issue: 2004
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Read full description of the books Мисли:The subject of Medea is a hard one to be confronted with. In Ancient Greece (mythology), she helped Jason in finding the Golden Fleece and then became his wife, giving him two kids. By helphing the Argo, she betrayed her country, her father the King (son of the Sun) and even killed her brother while running away (in some versions, she dismembered his body and scattered his parts on an island, knowing her father would stop to retrieve them for proper burial). More killings followed, including Pelias' (who had refused to give up the throne to his nephew, Jason), convincing the old man's daughters to kill him.
But arriving in Corinth, Jason leaves Medea to get married with the King Creon' daughter, Glauce. Soon after, the granddaughter of the Sun is sent into exile, which she refuses. Then, Medea becomes mad, at every meaning of the word. This is this part of the story that Seneque tells.
Jealous, betrayed, hurt in her pride, Medea starts to think about her revenge. Moreover, she has already committed a lot of crims and thinks she is already lost because of them, those crimes she committed for Jason only, and not for herself. According to her, everybody sees her as a criminal, a title she accepts, but they all forget that "the criminal is the one to whom the crime benefits". When Jason tells her that their children are the most important thing in the world to him, she finally finds her way to make him suffer the most. As unthinkable as it seems, she decides to kill her two sons. Before that, she sends a poisoned gift to Jason's new wife, a gift that sets fire to the palace and a part of the city, killing the royal father-daughter pair.
What is interesting about Seneque's tragedy is that Medea deliberately decided to kill her children, which is not something that many authors told about the story.
Wikipedia : "According to the 7th-century BC poet Eumelus, Medea killed her children by accident. The poet Creophylus, however, blamed their murders on the citizens of Corinth. Medea's deliberate murder of her children, then, appears to be Euripides' invention."
This gives a real depth to the story because the betrayed spouse and the witch take over the loving mother. Even if she doubts, she always goes back to the conclusion that her children don't deserve to live because of their sinful parents.
I really liked this tragedy because there is a real tension, the subject is really tough. Moreover, as there are only a few characters, we can really see Medea' madness grow against everybody's wishes, hopes, orders... She is alone against everybody else, sent to exile without her children (Seneque' interpretation). Her long lines (sometimes two pages long!) allow the reader to see her turmoil, the conflicts inside of her. It is short and strong, so it becomes truly powerful.
Read information about the authorLucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca) (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may have been innocent.
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