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Afterword Medea Among Us

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Euripides (or, as some say, Neophron) altered forever the story of Medea. New stories have changed how we see the Euripidean Medea. But it still lasts. It still has its truth. Christa Wolf 's innocent Medea, a preternaturally good woman, wrongly accused, has much to say, but her story will not undo what is now believed of the child-murderess. She even acknowledges that truth. Medea kills them as "an exemplary gesture" to force Jason to see what it means to be human and to live as a human being, but the other motivations are not excluded. They are Jason's children and would grow up to be his allies and men like their father. She also kills them to prevent their falling into enemies' hands, as happened in some other versions of the story.

Keywords: Euripidean Medea; Jason; Jason's children



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