The Evil of Medea

The Evil of Medea

Essay - The Evil of Medea

In [pic]the myth "[pic]The Quest of the [pic]Golden Fleece," [pic]Medea is more evil than Jason. Although both Jason and [pic]Medea are rotten characters, Medea's actions are greater in number and are more violent.

Throughout the myth, Medea's actions keep getting worse and worse. Her actions are cruel and vicious; however, one cannot place too much blame on her, for she was struck in love by Eros. Even so, the blame cannot be completely taken away. Medea shows her evilness time and time again throughout [pic]the myth, starting with her betrayal to her father, King Arêtes, and her homeland. She helps Jason cheat so he can pass the trials and obtain the Golden Fleece. Then she leaves the island with him. Again, she shows her true evilness by killing her own brother. There are two ways this event has been told. One way she does this is that she leads him into a trap, ending with Jason killing him. The other is that her brother comes willingly and she cuts him into pieces and then throws him into the ocean, so that her father is forced to pick up the pieces, thus allowing the Argonauts to escape. Another way she shows her maliciousness is by making Pelias' daughters kill Pelias. Even though Jason asked her to do this, the way she does so is truly shocking.

She tells the daughters of Pelias that she knows a way to make their father young again. To do so, they must cut him into pieces and then put those pieces into boiling water, and then she will say a charm. When the girls have done this and then look for [pic]Medea to say the charm, she is gone. They then realize that they have murdered their father. When [pic]Medea and Jason return to Jason's home, Jason shows a lot of his evil side by breaking his word to [pic]Medea so that he could marry the princess of Corinth. [pic]Medea then decides she needs to kill [pic]the princess. [pic]Medea makes a beautiful robe for [pic]the princess, and when [pic]the princess puts it on she is...

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