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Title: Medea


1
Medea
  • by
  • Euripides

2
Read/Notes
  • Read background
  • pgs 63-66.

3
Allusion
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Jason seeks the golden fleece and faces many
    dangers. Medea falls in love with him, helps him
    to win the fleece, and betrays her family.

4
Setting of Play
  • Ancient Greece
  • Corinth
  • Medeas home of Colchis

5
Major Characters
  • Medea
  • Jason
  • Creon
  • Nurse
  • Corinthian Women

6
Conflict
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Jason is discarding Medea and his children to
    marry a younger woman for wealth and power in
    Corinth.
  • Medea is filled with murderous rage

7
Quotations
  • he is willing to cast Medea like a harlot and
    betray the children that she has borne him. He
    is not wise I think.
  • Nurse

8
Quotation
  • Women it is a bitter thing to be a woman It
    is easier to stand in battle three times, in the
    front line, in the stabbing fury, than to bear
    one child.
  • Medea

9
Read Act I
  • I. List examples of foreshadowing.
  • II. The Corinthian women reveal Greek customs and
    beliefs. What are some of those?

10
Greek Chorus/Ideal Spectator
  • Greeks believe
  • Solitude is dangerous.
  • Feelings should be shared and discussed.
  • Do not ask for death or misfortune from the gods.

11
Continue
  • The Corinthian women see Jason and Creon as cruel
    and unjust.
  • Greek society would not condone harsh, ruthless
    behavior towards women and children.

12
Continue
  • The Corinthian women believe great love or
    passion is dangerous...
  • Save me from the violence of love.

13
Act I Literature Questions
  • How do the Corinthian
  • women feel about Medeas
  • situation?
  • What are some differences
  • between the people of
  • Greece and Colchis?

14
Lit. Quest. Cont
  • Does Medea deserve exile?
  • Should Creon be merciful
  • or ruthless with Medea?
  • Should Creon fear Medea?

15
Act I Lit. Quest. Cont
  • What conflicting sides of
  • Medeas nature do we see?
  • Is she a sympathetic
  • character at the end
  • of Act I?

16
Act I Lit. Questions
  • Which character do you most agree with Jason or
    Medea? Why?

17
Tragic Hero
  • Write a paragraph explaining Medeas tragic flaw.
  • Add a quote por support.
  • Write a paragraph explaining Jasons tragic flaw.
  • Add a quote for support.

18
Medea
  • Act II

19
Foreshadowing
  • Identify three examples of foreshadowing in Act
    II.

20
Act II Foreshadowing
  • Mare attacks a stallion
  • Fish catches fire in a basket
  • Black leopard prowling the market place

21
Act II Literature Questions
  • How effectively does Medea accomplish her goal
    of destroying Jason?
  • What is ironic about his destruction?

22
Literature Questions cont
  • Does Medea deserve pity? Is she responsible for
    her actions? Is she a victim or a villian?

23
Act II Lit. Quest cont
  • Which characters display hubris?
  • Explain several ironies in the drama.

24
Act II Lit. Quest. Cont
  • Why is this play as relevant today as it was in
    ancient Greek times? What is the universal
    appeal of Medea?

25
Lit. Questions cont
  • Who is the tragic hero?
  • How do they fit Aristotles definition of a
    tragic hero?
  • Refer to Perrine notes

26
Literary Term
  • Deus Ex Machina Latin for god as the machine
  • Greek Dramatist used this technique to rescue the
    protagonist at the end of the plays action.

27
Writing Essays about Literature
  • Medea by Euripides

28
Prewriting/Characters
  • Write a character analysis of Medea or Jason.
  • What personality traits lead to their downfall?

29
Prewriting
  • Is this character sympathetic? Flawed?
  • Does this character move from ignorance to
    knowledge?
  • Does this character control his/her fate?

30
Drafting
  • Draft an introduction.
  • Include title, author, and thesis statement.
  • State brief, general information about the
    background of the play.

31
Drafting
  • Draft one body paragraph.
  • Begin with a topic sentence that relates to the
    thesis.
  • Use strong, relevant quotes and examples from the
    text.

32
Drafting
  • Draft a concluding paragraph.
  • Restate the thesis.
  • Make a strong, lasting impression on
    reader(clincher statement).

33
Editing and Revising
  • Have a friend, classmate, or family member review
    your draft. Have them check for spelling and
    grammar errors.

34
Publishing
  • Include an interesting title
  • 12-14 size font/Plain text
  • Double Space
  • 1/1.5 pgs in length

35
Turn in work on time!!!
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