Monday, January 15th Today we celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Doctor, Martin Luther King Jr., a man who more than any other, fulfilled the role of our nation’s conscience. He was a prophet, not in the sense that he saw the future (though he did), that is not what a […]Read more "Martin Luther King Day 2018"
Medea is in existential peril. As a fugitive in a foreign land, with only her own resources to depend on, set against the power of a reigning monarch, Medea meets the criteria of the classical hero. Medea has traveled far, risked everything, and endured terrible hardship, only to be forced to the brink […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part VII"
Part VI When Creon, king of Corinth issues the decree of exile against Medea, Jason comes to her and attempts to convince her to change her mind by seeking the pardon of the king and agreeing to his terms. Jason has no intention of going into exile with her. Jason argues that […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part VI"
Everyone who enters into marriage places themselves under the governance of Hera, the goddess of marriage, wife to Zeus, queen of Olympus and all the gods. By swearing to the vows of marriage, Jason binds himself to Medea forever. He swears to Hera who had been his constant benefactor, to uphold the trust […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part V"
Medea’s support of Jason allows him to secure the Golden Fleece. At that moment, with the fleece in their possession, Medea, Jason, and the surviving Argonauts are fugitives. They are deep in enemy territory, and their situation appears hopeless. Once again, the prime mover of the succeeding events is Medea. She devises a plan […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part IV"
Without the heroic action of Medea, Jason never would have obtained the Golden Fleece, neither would he have escaped from Colchis with it. He never would have become a figure of renown. Without Medea, Jason would be a failure. The narrative concerning the Argonauts, and their quest demonstrates that Jason’s success is delivered […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part III"
In the opening scene of Medea, the audience is informed of the conflict that is at the heart of the play. The narrative is delivered by the woman who serving as wet-nurse to Jason and Medea’s children, she tells us that Jason has betrayed his wife and offspring, by seeking the bed of a […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part II"