It’s slightly shameful how much I respect Medea for killing her kids. Or rather, I can fathom her. I understand her.
Although this play was not written with pro-feminism intension, this play does display a dynamic woman taking revenge. In Oedipus Rex, a different greek mythology play, we saw Jocasta kill herself in order to escape her sorrow after learning that she married her son. This is the typical reaction that we expect from women in plays, that they drown themselves in their own personal hell until it consumes them. However, Medea chooses to drag everyone else into her hell. I respect this play for humanizing Medea (and women) through showing that she is capable of the darker side of humanity too, — anger, revenge, and envy. Medea is not a good person by any means, but I can’t help but respect her for choosing to hurt Jason in the most vicious way possible. We love to hate the villain, but I can’t help to love it even more because the villain so happens to be a woman.