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by Euripides
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Medea Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #1

Medea: I had rather stand my ground three times among the shields than face a childbirth once. (31)

Is Medea by some standards a "masculine" woman? Here she says she'd rather do battle than give birth. In some ways, this is a rejection of the foundation of the traditional role of women.

Quote #2

Medea: Well, suppose they are dead: […] will any man afford me home in a country safe for living […]? (57)

Even a woman as powerful as Medea feels the need to be protected by a man. You'd think that she be all right on her own. She does have a couple of dragons at her disposal. The fact that she still wants a man around, even after her last one dissed her so badly, seems to show just how deeply entrenched patriarchy was in Greek society.

Quote #3

Chorus: One day the story will change: then shall the glory of women resound […] Reversing at last the sad reputation of ladies. (58)

The Chorus seems to be almost sounding a battle cry for a feminist revolution. We wonder how this would've been received by the all-male audience that attended the plays in ancient Athens. Of course, it would've been performed by male actors as well.

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