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Medea and Antoinette are two powerful and emotionally passionate characters in the book "Medea and Other Plays" by Euripides and "Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys. The strong cultural influence, conflict with the man in their life and strong passion is what characterizes their character and moves within the setting in which they perform their actions…
In the play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, King of Corinth offers him his daughter.The Medea tells the story of the jealousy and revenge of a woman betrayed by her husband. She has left home and father for Jason's sake, and he, after she has borne him children, forsakes her, and betroths himself to Glauce, the daughter of Creon, ruler of Corinth. Creon orders her into banishment that her jealousy may not lead her to do her child some injury. In vain she begs not to be cast forth, and finally asks for but one day's delay. This Creon grants, to the undoing of him and his. Jason arrives and reproaches Medea with having provoked her sentence by her own violent temper. Had she had the sense to submit to sovereign power she would never have been thrust away by him. In reply she reminds her husband of what she had once done for him; how for him she had betrayed her father and her people; for his sake had caused Pelias, whom he feared, to be killed by his own daughters. .(Euripides, 2003)
The story of "Wide Sargasso Sea" is set just after the emancipation of the slaves, in that uneasy time when racial relations in the Caribbean were at their most strained. ...
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