Date

2019

Department or Program

Classical Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Kate Gilhuly

Additional Advisor(s)

Katherine Ruffin

Abstract

I survey through various sources to get a grasp on the dimensions and aspects of myth. I then emphasize its intrinsic flexibility which allows it to pervade multiple levels of meaning. I further examine this definition by going through the various iterations of myths of Medea. In essence, I explore the scope of the flexibility inherent in nearly all aspects of Medea’s character. This flexibility suggests that Medea, specifically Euripides’ Medea, reflects and embodies the polyvalence of myth. While I looked through many iterations of the myth of Medea, I maintain a distinct focus on Euripides’ Medea, since it has influenced many of the modern versions of her story. Lastly, I create my own visual interpretation of the myth of Medea.

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