Medea in the Mirror

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Jose Triana wrote the story Medea in the Mirror in the early 60’s (during the Cuban revolution). The play shares some very similar themes with the Roman myth of Medea written by Euripides. Medea in the Mirror furthermore represents Latin American plays based on Greek novels, because they all contain a sequence of similar elements such as, the outline of both plot, the task of the characters and the intrusion of songs. It can therefore be concluded that Jose Triana wrote Medea in the Mirror to shed light on the racial, gender, social, spiritual and economic disparities during that era of Batista rule. More so, she sheds more light on the perception of culture and religion with specific focus on the belief and or disbelief of the so-called supernatural world.
Jose Triana’s main character, Maria, a black woman of high social class in pre- Revolution Cuba, is posed to accept discrimination imposed by her society, but fights against them with her status within her nuclear family. Maria faced eviction from Perico while her husband Julian was chasing after a newly white woman as his new bride. All these circumstances in which Maria is going through makes her feel out of place. However Maria is able to identify herself via her position within her nuclear family.
Maria’s role in her society as well as her household makes her speak in commanding tone of voice to others in her environment making them feel less inferior to her. There is a scene in the play on (pg 134) in which Maria’s old mistress Erudina converse with each other; Maria instead of showing respect to her old mistress Erudina’s presence rater speaks out in a rude tone of voice.(pg 134) “But lately you can’t even talk to Erundina. Old age has simple manifested her…...

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