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Revenge TragedyAeschylus to Armageddon$
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John Kerrigan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001

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. Medea Variations: Feminism and Revenge

. Medea Variations: Feminism and Revenge

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(p.315) 13. Medea Variations: Feminism and Revenge
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Revenge Tragedy
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John Kerrigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.003.0013

Medea is examined once again, described as intelligent, beautiful, honorable, yet jealous and spiteful. She is the perfect example of a woman scorned yet she does not simply ignore it. She defines the rage and strength of a woman, traits that were once suppressed and muted. Though first unseen by authors, Medea became a symbol of feminism that carried on for years in drama. Criminologists have stated that a number of crimes were attributed to women, implicating that women are not simply the weaker sex. More often than not, it is her broken and damaged relationship with her partner that provoked her to violent acts, an anger that cannot be silenced. A more important trigger was her parental instincts, as she would risk her own life for the sake of her children.

Keywords:   Medea, feminism, woman, sex, parent, children

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