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1 “I call the gods to witness that I have done my best” Discuss whether you believe Jason has done his best?

2 Initial Questions Question word: Discuss Language: Done Best? Parameters: Whole play so far Problems here as a lot of people just concentrated on the specific episode

3 What is his best?What is his best? What can he manage What does she deserve What do other characters think The Gods view.

4 Mad with loveMedea (N) Obedience Medea(N) Betrayal Royal BedJason (N) Jason’s no Friend(T) He is Guilty(N) Ground to pieces Threatening (M) Most Contemptible(M) Punish Jason just (C) Uttered threats(CR) Abuse of King & Princess(J) I Tried to calm them(J)

5 I will not desert a friend(J) In Spite of everything(J) Empty purse un provided(J) Bulls, Serpent, Aspyrtus, Pelias (M) Sons *2(M) Guilty of Perjury (M) I saved your life(M) Helpless Passion Aphrodite(J) Civilisation(J) Fame(J) Not Desire stability prudent pragmatic decision

6 Give all equal place(J) Sex Jealousy(J) Women MiseryMisogynist?(J) Plausible but wrong(C) Ought 1 st won me over(M) Your Raging temper(J) Asiatic wife not respectable(M) Be more sensible dismissive(J) Wicked curses(J) Give you what you want Letters money etc(J)

7 What has he done?What has he done? “I have come in spite of everything” Does this suggest that he has made a sacrifice? Defended her to the king Reduced her sentence to exile

8 What does he offerWhat does he offer He offers money introductions. He contradicts himself. “I did this for the kids” “All I want is fame” The children’s future return to Corinth shows an uncaring selfish nature. He does not defend himself against the charge of perjury

9 The Gods view.The Gods view. He does not defend the charge of perjury. Conspicuous by its absenceHe does not defend the charge of perjury. Conspicuous by its absence

10 MedeaMedea Sees her as sex jealous, passionate, and fuelled by anger.Sees her as sex jealous, passionate, and fuelled by anger. Dismissive attitude towards her assistance in his quest.Dismissive attitude towards her assistance in his quest. What does she desrve??What does she desrve??


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