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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 Studies: Euripides to Pasolini

. Medea Studies: Euripides to Pasolini

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(p.88) 4. Medea Studies: Euripides to Pasolini
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Revenge Tragedy
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John Kerrigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.003.0004

The chapter now turns on the Greek mythical figure Medea, one who was abandoned by Jason and was left with two sons. In many twists of the tale she was one who was insanely jealous of Jason's lady pursuits, sending poisonous robes to her rivals and even killing her own children to strike revenge. Jealously is a dangerous emotion that obscures logic and seeks violence. But she is also seen as one that was betrayed, one that was left waiting alone to care for her children. Her honor had been disgraced, and to some this justifies her revenge. But murder is not without punishment, and in one account, Medea kills herself. Her story is one of the most tragic stories in Greek mythology.

Keywords:   Medea, jealousy, revenge, betrayed, murder, honor

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