Medea

write the paper base on the book Medea (Dover Thrift Editions, Publisher: Dover Publications April 19, 1993.
Language: English).

 

First, literary analysis: in what ways does Euripides challenge conventional Greek drama of the time and why
(focus on the theme ? he chooses to have Medea as heroine).
Second, literary analysis, cultural context: some argue that to understand the tragedy of Medea, one must
first understand the couple?s background. In what way does researching their history (through comparing
varied versions of the myth compared to Euripides) aid and deepen your understanding of the play.
Third, literary analysis with a sociological/psychological Emphasis: the tragedy of Medea was so profound
that her actions became the defining benchmark for analyzing male/female relations in Western culture.
Contrast the political, moral, and cultural principles defined by Euripides to modern women who committed
similar actions.
Fourth: Political sience/sociological/historical approach. The classic view is the ideal ruler must habe
self knowledge, knowledge of the community, and knowledge the gods (i.e., moral knowledge.) Which character
in Medea best fits this model and why? Do Euripides portraits of these virtues habe relevance for today or
not?
Fifth: Literary analysis/art historian: euripides? portrait of Medea is ambiguous ? is the driven mad by
jealousy or is she an agent of justice? Compare and contract portraits of Medea and Jason to Euripides
deamatic portrayal. What does the artist emphasize and why? In order to make a convincing case, you will
need to address he play first ? what analysis, as will reaerch into portraits of Medea?
Write in the present tense on both literature and non-fiction presents ideas.
In introductory paragraphs, have 4 purposes: catch your reader’s attention and ease him/her into the
significance (cultural, moral, etc) of the topic; indicate the title and author of the subject(s) under
discussion; present your thesis. Needs to have a hook: introduces the theme, your angle of vision, and your
voice. Line: a brief summary of the conflict, problem with author and title. Sinker: thesis usually includes
sources of problem/conflict (usually a moral, political, psychological, cultural issue), the consequences,
and/or solution.
The thesis statement indicates both the subject of your argument and the material your will offer as proof
of your opinion. Try to have 2 parts: a ?what? part and a ?how? or ?why? part; for example: Alicia is
accused of being ?undisciplined? and ?a hopeless case.? (what part) Yet, if we compare her failure to the
success of Sophie (how part), we can clearly see how outside forces limit an individual?s ability to live up
to the expectations of the community. (why part)
The first time you mention an author, give the full name; further references, use last name only.
The paper should not be a mere retelling of the action and events, but should analyze how and effect is
created, how a theme or idea is handled, and how meaning emerges and why that idea or theme is significant.
Simply put, what can we learn about the human condition by applying insights offered.

look at the cultural, moral political, philosophic, emotional, psychological significance (application) of
the author?s unique insight into a general theme and consider how/why this is relevant,