The dangers of a powerful woman scorned.
Medea is a powerful woman scorned driven by her passion for revenge that ultimately causes the death of her own children. She's the daughter of Colchis and grand-daughter to Helios, the sun god. She is a woman of great intellectual power, able to manipulate the people around her with very little effort. She has very little remorse for doing this; "Inform me how they died, for twofold joy Wilt thou afford, if wretchedly they perished" (718). She sees no wrong in whatever she does. .
This quote is one of many examples of her wrongs that she so joyfully lavishes in. Euripides makes it very clear to the audience that once Medea's mind is made up to do something, she does just that. Not to mention the fact that she has the gods of Sun and Earth on her side. This symbolizes that she can do whatever she wants without any consequences, especially since these are the gods that the people call upon for help. With Medea possessing these intellectual powers and violent heart, she plays a role in the deaths of so many people around her. .
After Medea realizes that the passion she has for her husband Jason is too much for her to bear, she becomes very bitter and resentful. Jason has committed the most unforgivable sin. He leaves Medea and their children to seek a new wife and life for the sake of his children. This is one thing that most women of today can relate to. Medea's passion for Jason is so strong that she.
wants to end her life. "Ah, wretch! Ah, lost in my sufferings, I wish, I wish I might die" (697). Medea devises what she knows best. "Ah me! How grievous are my Woes! What can I devise to end this hated life?" (697). A plan so wild and hateful that everyone around her sees the evil and danger in her eyes. .
The dangers of what she might do to herself, Jason and her children. "Children of a hateful mother. I curse you And your father.