Alteration to Exaltation in Euripides' Medea

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Vol: 1, Issue: 3

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Blakeslee, Jennifer
Euripides. Medea -- Criticism and interpretation; Euripides -- Aesthetics; Greek drama (Tragedy); Classical Literature and Philology; Philosophy
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Euripides’s Medea keeps certain aspects of traditional Greek tragedy while radically altering others. This paper shows how he changes the character of Medea into a commentary against both the restrictions of the Greek tragic and epic norms and the ignorance of women upheld in these traditions. In the end, both Euripides and Medea saw the frailty of tradition as compared to the exaltation of individual experience.