The Medea themes and quotes

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  • The Medea Themes
    • love
      • "then neither would my mistress , ever have set sail for the walled town of Iolcus, mad for love with Jason." (Nurse)
      • "what sort of father is Jason to you?... He is guilty: he has betrayed those near and dear to him" (Nurse)
      • "I have more love for my family than for you" (Creon)
      • "Oh, what an evil power love has in peoples lives" (Medea)
    • Exile
      • "take your sons and go into exile. Waste no time; i'm here to see this order enforced" (Creon)
      • "Oh! this cruel end to my accursed life! My enemies have spread full sail; no welcoming shore waits to receive and save me... for what offence do you banish me?" (medea)
      • "come with Jason and her children to live here In Corinth; where coming as an exile, she has earned a citizens welcome" (Nurse)
    • Women
      • "of all the creatures that have life and will, we women are the most wretched" (Medea)
      • "I'd rather stand three times in the front line than bear one child" (Medea)
    • Revenge
      • "She hates her sons... I am afraid some dreadful purpose is forming in her mind" (Nurse)
      • "Today three of my enemies I shall strike dead: father, daughter; and my husband" (Medea)
      • "if i can find a way to work revenge on Jason for his wrongs to me, say nothing" (Medea)
    • Betrayal
      • "Jason has betrayed his own sons and my mistress for a royal bed" (Nurse
      • "Oh my father, my city, you I deserted; my brother i shamefully murdered" (Medea)
    • Foreigners
      • "she learns through pain what blessings they enjoy who are not uprooted from their native land" (Nurse)
      • "still more, a foreign woman, coming among new laws, new customs, needs the skill of magic to find out what her home couldn't teach her" (Medea)
      • "i am alone; I have no city... I was taken as plunder from a land at the earths edge" (Medea)
    • marriage
    • Hatred
      • "I hate my husband- true" (Medea)
      • "yes I can endure guilt, however horrible; the laughter of my enemies I will not endure" (Medea)
      • "you abomination! of all women most detested by every God, by me by the whole human race" (Jason)
    • Fate
      • "on your house too Fate sends me a curse" (Medea)
      • "But if Fate banishes me without resource, I will myself take a sword in my hand... and kill them both, even if I am to die for it." (Medea)
    • Passion
      • "check this passionate grief over your husband which wastes you away" (Nurse)
      • "o recount how helpless passion drove you to save my life would be invidious" (Jason)
      • "O bed of women, full of passion and pain, what wickedness, what sorrow you have caused on the earth" (Chorus)
  • "When for an extravagant sum, we have brought a husband, we must accept them as possessor of our body" (Medea)
    • Women
      • "of all the creatures that have life and will, we women are the most wretched" (Medea)
      • "I'd rather stand three times in the front line than bear one child" (Medea)
    • marriage
  • "divorce is not respectable; to repel the man, not possible" (Medea)
    • "A woman's weak and timid in most matters; the noise of war... makes her a coward. But touch her right in marriage, and there's no bloodier spirit" (Medea)
      • "where now can i turn? Back to my country and my fathers house, which i betrayed to come with you?" (Medea)
        • Betrayal
          • "Jason has betrayed his own sons and my mistress for a royal bed" (Nurse
          • "Oh my father, my city, you I deserted; my brother i shamefully murdered" (Medea)

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