I was thinking about Jungian theory and applying it to Greek tragedy. If we looked at the play “Medea” and did a Jungian analysis of Medea, would you consider Jason’s new wife the shadow or self of Medea? There are a few parallels between the new wife and Medea, for example they are both princesses (Medea being the daughter of the King of Colchis) and they both have or had romantic relations with Jason. By killing the new wife, then her children (you could say a part of herself), she kills her connections with Jason, trying to forget that part of her life. If you consider the new wife as being infatuated with Jason and love struck, you could consider her as a shadow. Medea was also infatuated with Jason, which is a part of Medea that she can’t come to terms with. Instead of incorporating all the changes into her life, she decides to kill them all, clearly NOT dealing with them.    

Also if the children of Medea and Jason were considered the dreamers, Medea would be the anima. It’s quite frightening to consider that her stage of the anima would be the first, the mother figure!   

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