Title of work- Medea
Literary Period- Classical
Type of literature (genre)- Drama/Tragedy
Authorial information- Euripedes lived from ca. 485 to ca. 406 B.C. making him younger thank Aeschylus and Sophocles, and making him the last of the great writers of tragedy in the golden age of Athens. His emphasis on human emotions and the psychology of individuals has proven more widely popular than philosophical beliefs shown in his older contemporary works. Medea, first produced in 431 B.C., features strong dramatic situations and is focused on the heroine Medea. Medea?s attitude of feminine pride and is a contradiction of tradition.
Author?s unique style- Euripedes was a revolutionary during his time, portraying women in a light never before seen in literature. He preferred to dignify women and show men as the villains. Euripedes also used the factor of the women?s role to show the weakness in humans and their believe systems. He would use the common people as characters rather then heroes, as shown in most epics.
Euripedes preferred situations that showed characters torn between conflicting desires. For instance in Medea, the plot to kill Medea?s two children attracts mixed feelings. Her great love for her sons causes her to question, which is greater, revenge
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