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Gender in Medea

Discuss the ways one or more texts explore the politics of gender The dramatic text Medea allows an exploration into the politics of gender within patriarchal Ancient Greek society. Medea who is the protagonist of the dramatic play, challenges and confronts the existing power relationship, gender constructions and patriarchal ideologies within ancient Greek society. In doing so she is able to steadily empower herself and shift gender constructions through using traditional patriarchal construction of her femininity, appropriating masculine strategies and striking at symbols of patriarchal power. Medea, the female protagonist is able to challenge the existing dominant patriarchal society of ancient Greece by using the traditional patriarchal society of ancient Greece by using the traditional patriarchal construction of her femininity as a strategy to turn against men and manipulate them therefore, enabling to empower her own self, by her manipulation of certain situations. This is first exemplified in her encounter with Kreon, King of Corinth. Initially in the play, Kreon assumes a traditional masculine dominant stance over Medea, characterized by his dominant modes of behaviour and language. Kreon who is a representation of Greek society’s patriarchal definition of masculinity appears before Medea with guards by his side, and employs a masculine discourse which emphasizes his superiority over her, “I make the law, I’ll execute it.” Kreon attempts to assume a dominant stance and position over Medea by his ability to control her life and destiny. Medea cleverly however, is able to manipulate his mind in order to empower herself. By reverting to the patriarchal construction of femininity and adopting a traditional feminine discourse, Medea appeals to Kreon’s vanity and masculine generosity, by acknowledging his dominant stance over her, “What you fear me, a man a King – what harm could I do you.” She also fur...

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