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Rachel Cusk was invited by London s Almeida Theatre to write a new version of Euripides s Medea The new play is both thoroughly modern and bears the stamp of personality of this talented novelist and memoirist That she fiercely loves her children two boys is apparent She followed Euripides s formula creating a storyline which places the BLAME DIFFERENTLYIF YOU REMEMBER THE STORY MEDEA KILLS HER differentlyIf you remember the story Medea kills her when her unfaithful husband
the young well tended daughter of Creon Considering how difficult it young well tended daughter of Creon Considering how difficult be for anyone to contemplate such an act and considering Cusk was severely castigated by readers for her m M Medea play EuripidesMedea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC The plot centers on the actions of Medea a former princess of the barbarian kingdom of Colchis and the wife of Jason she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason s new wife as well as her own children after which she scapes to Athens to start a new life 2012 1389 148 1390 9789642432714 1391 1392 1394 1395 1396 164 1397 76 9786007806777 431 09051399 I wish Shakespeare had written a play where the Macbeths got divorced You d love to see what Lady Macbeth would have to say about it right The thing with marrying an asshole is divorcing them isn t going to be prettyHere s the ugliest breakup in history the most famous play by the nastiest Greek playwright the sly and vicious Euripides The plot is Jason of the Argonauts this guyhas married an asshole It was a good idea at the time Medea slew an actual dragon for him and who doesn t get turned on by a good dragon slaying But now that the adventures are over Jason wants to leave her for a politically advantageous wife The thing with dragon slayers is you get back to your kingdom and they re sortof traipsing around looking scary and you re like well I feel like you re not going to be amazing at throwing feasts Jason tries to break it to her asy he s like listen I m going to marry this princess lady but here s the good news your sons will be princes now No seriously that s what he says He s such an asshole and that s one of the fun things about Euripides he ll take a hero like Jason and be like But what if he was a douche Here s Jason in a honest momentTo me fame is the important thingI d give up all I owned for itWhat good is a voice like OrpheusIf no one knows it belongs to youSo what happens next is that Medea is miffedMen win their battlesOn the. First performed in Athens 431 BC this classic play is one of the most searingly intense of all Greek tragedies The play is set in Corinth Tronger than lover s love is lover s hate Incurable in ach the wounds they make Euripides writes a masterpiece of love betrayal and revenge The theme of Medea is the xtravagant hatred for the once bewildering love of the heroine for Jason was transformed when he repudiates her to marry another Medea had given up verything for the man she was led by the Gods to love above
herself She saved from certain death she left the safety of her kingdom she ven killed her own brother All in the name of her love for Jason To be abandoned for another womanMedea does not passively sit back and accept the injustice of another womanMedea does not passively sit back and accept the injustice of s actions she is definitely not silent in the face of injustice When she feels persecuted by man or men she asserts her own power assuming she has just as much right to act in this way as any man does Of all creatures that can feel and thinkwe women are the worst treated things alive The play volves from a heartbroken melancholic Medea betrayed wife who languished in bed and incapable of The Deepest Sin even raising heryelids apparently resigned to her fate to an ffervescent and sanguine woman with a terrible desire for revenge that will not stop at infanticide for the utter destruction of her once once loved husband It is interesting to note that compared to the majority of Greek tragedies in Medea the sins and rrors committed by Jason and Medea are due to their own actions and not blame it on their destiny or on some avenging GodMedea is certainly a terrible play infanticide is not an asy theme to read about a mother who kills her children is no asy theme They are the sun that lights his worldSo I will plunge him into darkness But revenge here has assumes life on its own and should prevail I understand too well the dreadful actI m going to commit but my judgementcan t check my anger and that incitesthe greatest vils human beings do It is intimate powerful and visceral In the play Medea s designation as a wife or mother is secondary to her own feelings as a woman A woman like me What am I like that s different from you or any man She appropriates an identity as an individual subject ual to the men who surround her ually powerful and ually wrong If she despises Jason for his ill use of her does she not commit ual crime with so many innocents to obtain her revengeHowever that is the ssence of the play Hard as the theme may be this is the ultimate revenge drama Once again I couldn t help but be nthralled by the searing intensity of Euripedes tragedy Our tragedy however is that today we still witness crimes that remind us of this Greek play. To marry Glauce the daughter of Creon king of Corinth The nurse overhearing Medea's grief fears what she might do to herself or her childr. ,Even Herself She Saved
Field but women are ruthless when the bedBecomes the battlefield We ve lainIn our own blood beforeand have survived Medea shocked veryone when it was first performed in 431 BCE it came in last in the competition that year It s like when Hardy wrote Jude the Obscure and Le valeureux guerrier everyone got so mad about it that he never wrote another novel There s a level of darkness that people just can t handle and when you go there they blame you for it This play is a dark place Look Greek plays are sortof spoiler proof There s only one thing that happens inach of them really their characters spend the whole play deciding whether characters spend the whole play deciding whether do the thing and then they always do the thing and then the chorus is like holy shit they did the thing that was nuts and then that s the Snowflakes on the Sea end of it Which is one of the nice things about them they take like an hour and a glass of wine to read Maybe two You shouldn tven read Medea if you don t know how it nds But here it is in order to get back at Jason
She Murders His Newmurders his new Which actually that part sounds almost reasonable right It s pretty gory the fiancee s dad not that Creon comes and mbraces her corpse but she poisoned the corpse wow so he getsStitchedTo it like ivy to laurelFelt his flesh ripping from his bonesBut we re not at the bad part yet The bad part is that she murders her and Jason s children too Murders her own two kids Euripides doesn t make you watch it you never watch murders in Greek tragedies it s always just howling off stage and here you get
to listen to her kids yelling look alisten to her kids yelling Look A and then screaming It s awful The chorus always weird and ambiguous participants in Euripides plays tries half heartedly to talk her out of itChorus Suffering so great you ll kill your sonsMedea Yes anything to make Jason s suffering worse then mineChorus And turn your grief into wretchedness and miseryMedea Who can say The time for talk has ndedIt s an Iagoesue villainy she s uninterested in thinking this through Medea is one of the starkest and cleanest of the Greek tragedies Euripides in particular tends to have slightly messier plots but not here this is one cold dagger stroke to the heart It s troubling and unforgettable Its reputation has blossomed since its inauspicious beginning it was the most performed Greek tragedy of the 20th century with a reputation for winning Tonies for its Medeas And here s the chorus againStronger than lovers love is lovers hateIncurable in ach the wounds they makeSo just keep that in mind next time someone slays a dragon for you That was nice of them but what happens when you run out of dragons Ome time after Jason's uest for the Golden Fleece where he met Medea The play begins with Medea in a blind rage towards Jason for arranging. .