Discussion Medea and Job

Discussion Question 4

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

5 thoughts on “Discussion Medea and Job

  1. hkreutter

    I like your discussion number 2 answer. I agree with you that faith is the answer. I wrote in my discussion that everyone has to have faith in something, no matter what it is. I didn’t have a problem with the ending. I think that it just depends on what kind of faith is being talked about. Whether it is something huge that someone has to accept without knowing anything about or whether it is just a small sort of blessing. Some of the littlest things in life that happen to me I am happy for and I don’t know why it happened but hey, I’m happy with it. I think it’s all about perspective.

  2. Mary Filbin

    If one can look past the horrors and outrageousness of what Madea did and seek the essence of the play, what was the writer showing us? Woman’s rights or in this case lack there of, plays a huge role. I agree she was out of control but this play had to be shocking to get the point across. Just like how shocking the trials of Job where so that we could understand how small a grain of sand we are in the larger picture of the Universe. I enjoyed your answers. Blessings.

  3. kjs93

    Hmm I kind of disagree with you on the discussion of Job’s faith. I think if he had had much faith then he would not have questioned God so strongly. I think that showed a lack of faith, and quite a bit of doubt. Also at the end he says something similar to “my ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you”. I think after meeting God his faith is rebuilt on true knowledge of God.

  4. Jared

    I hadn’t thought about Madea’s prior achievements, which could have given her more heroic qualities, but in the end I also agreed that she could not be wholly described as a hero.

    Although I came to the general determination of the reasoning of Job’s acceptance of God’s word, I did not use the word faith. I think this is a little humorous as an afterthought. Good job overall in your discussion. You are very clear and concise.

  5. sbutler12

    I strongly agree with you on Job’s faith. I think it is OK to have questions about your faith. It is not always easy to be patient and wait for things to come. However, sometimes asking these “why” questions help remind us that everything will be OK just like in Job.

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