In dangerous one known for her magical, witch like

In Medea, Gender equality and Gender Roles are prime themes Euripides presents to the audience. Medea is described as a highly intelligent woman, yet a dangerous one known for her magical, witch like qualities and her bloody past, of killing her own brother. Medea is performed as a steadfast, independent woman who poses threat to her society due to her intellect and experience and male tongue and mind “Creon: Go, Medea. Remove yourself.Get packing from this land. …it is reported that you threaten me …” Women were to be seen and not heard, their husbands property, home keepers and child bearers with no understanding of how society worked, especially in a fast and philosophically developed Greece. Medeas behaviour contradicts Greek gender roles of the period suggesting the emergence of Feminism.The subject of femininity runs throughout Medea, with the advocate directly identifying the mistreatment of women in Greek society. “Medea: Of all creatures that can feel and think, we women are the worst treated things alive.” Medea proposes that despite the only difference between men and women being physiology, that their alert minds are disregarded due to the position they hold in society; with no education and purpose within a family. Does Euripides then present himself as a feminist, supporting women and sparking political change in audiences? Or is he warning audience members to be cautious of women, similar to Medea, by restraining their rights and freedom of speech and action? In contrast to this Euripides offers Jason’s character. Legendary within Greek Mythology Jason of the Argonauts recovers the Golden fleece after a heroic, blood-soaked journey – respected and watched over by the Gods. Yet Jason would have not succeeded, or survived if it were not for Medea’s cunning and sorcery on the quest. Jason owes Medea his life, yet he marries another with Medea unaware. When the wedlock is announced Jason states “Jason: You women are all the same” … “What we poor males really need is a way of having babies on our own – no females, please. Then the world would be completely trouble free” With sexist remarks placed throughout the play, Jason becomes symbolic of a patriarchal Greek society; belittling women and defining their gender roles. Though these statements would be uncomfortable to watch for a modern audience, Ancient Greek males would understand Jason, particularly because in greek theatre female characters were played by men and they would be aware that a women would not be able to play the events on stage in life. Too add to this only males were allowed to attend the performances; with the exception of a few upper class women, speaking volumes of the sexism in Greece that Jason represents. In literature Jason is written as the “Foil Character” dictionary definition states “A foil is a character who contrasts with another character —usually the protagonist.”  Jason a male, and Medea a female creates a clear divide between the genders and their roles and power in civilization.