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The Battle Of The Stories

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Euripides either chose to use an alternative version of Medea's story or himself radically altered the known legend. He calls attention to the change by presenting his characters trying to take over the plot, each claiming it as his or her own. Creon and Jason attempt a sequel in Corinth without Medea. But she refuses to be written out. Medea alone succeeds in taking control of the myth. Euripides rewrites the story to allow Medea a triumphant escape and to turn her into an artist. He intentionally points to changes in the story so that Medea can seem to be changing it herself. The important thing about Medea's new myth is that she is in control. She accomplishes a major feat in making women us and men them.

Keywords: Corinth; Creon attempt; Jason attempt; Medea's story

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