Euripedes: The Tragedy of Medea

MatthewR, Staff Reporter


Last week Thursday, Friday and Saturday Wildcat theater  successfully held its production of a Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides in the commons courtyard. The tragedy is of a woman named Medea who is abandoned by her husband Jason and left alone with their two children. He remarries Glauce the daughter of Creon, the King of Corinth. As a result of her husband leaving Medea feels hatred toward her own life and that of her children. Medea develops a self concerned insanity for the perseverance of her relationship Jason but every cynical attempt she makes seems to ultimately fail.. at least in the eyes of medically sane. In an attempt to prevent revenge Creon banishes Medea and her children from the city. Medea is given one day to leave the city and in that day she plots her revenge on Creon, Glauce and Jason. Aegeus, the King of Athens offers Medea solace in his city in exchange for her solving his fertility problem. Medea pretends to sympathize with Jason and offers his new wife gifts that are subsequently doused with poison. As the tragedy unfolds Medea shows her horror by taking it as far as to kill both of her sons. Medea’s murderous actions and infanticide leave Jason cursing his decision to  advance his status by marrying Glauce because in the end his entire world was destroyed. Medea never revitalizes her relationship with Jason in turn they both are left hurt Medea for the loss of her love and Jason the failure of his life and the end of the lives of his wife, and two beloved baby boys.