Discussion Question 4
- Medea shares the same prideful nature as does Achilles. The both allow their feelings of hurt pride play a major part in their decision making and this makes their decisions flawed. They are both acting out of anger and only want revenge for their hurts. They fail to take into account anyone else; they are so focused on hurting who they are mad at. They do not care who gets hurt in the process even if it is themselves. Medea and Achilles both use manipulation of others to get what they want. Achilles does this then he uses his mother’s love for him to have her ask Zeus to help the Trojans defeat the Greeks. Medea uses manipulation when she uses her husband’s love for his children to ask him to deliver presents to his new wife.
I do not believe that Medea is a hero. A hero’s acts in some way benefit others. Even if Achilles reasoning behind fighting was selfish he was fighting wars that would benefit a group of people. While helping her husband escape she did some deeds that appeared heroic I still can’t say she was a hero because her actions in the end are what she is remembered for. No one benefited from Medea’s actions, not even herself; Medea seems to be a totally selfish angry person who destroyed others in order to cause pain and suffering.
- The simple answer for why Job accepted God’s assertion of divine power is faith. Job believed in God and had faith that whatever God chose to happen to Job was as it should be. Looking a bit deeper we see that through all the things God said Job came to see that understanding God was beyond man’s ability. So Job relied upon his faith and acknowledged that he had spoken about things he knew nothing of. Because Job was able to trust in God so much he was satisfied with what God had spoken. I myself have a problem with the ending of the dialogue; probably because I do not have as much faith as Job has and am not able to just accept what I do not understand.