AQA Classics CIV3C Euripides Plays

This is a document that summarises and gives analysis of Medea and Hippolytus using the notes from the back of the book.

Feel free to download and edit it with your own notes. I recommend printing it off without my highlighting and doing it by hand as it's more engaging.

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Topic Overview

Topic Topic Outline
Issues to explore might include:
The centrality of Medea's personality to the story
The use of the two-actor scenes
Important themes, including Medea's alien status
Gender roles and politics
The use of children in the story
The role of the Chorus
Medea The political and…

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A view of the sense effect of using a myth as the basis of the
play, and how far myths are used to explore issues of
immediate concern to the Athenian audience, rather than a
story constructed in a contemporary light with `real'
The importance of the Chorus, and…

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granddaughter of Helios, god of the Sun

to Medea

to Medea's children

of Corinthian women

Medea's children

king of Corinth

Medea's husband and hero from the Argonauts

king of Athens



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This scene takes place outside Medea's house in Corinth.
The Nurse gives the backstory to the play
o The Nurse wishes Jason had never gone to look for the Golden Fleece.
o Then Medea would never had fallen in love with him.
o She would not have tricked the…

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The Nurse warns the children to stay away from their mother due to, `... the
hateful temper of her wilful mind.'
Medea : `O accursed children of a hateful mother, may you die with your father, may the
whole house fall in ruin.'
The Nurse grieves for the children who…

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Episode 1

Medea leaves the house.
She feels that she has acted justly in Corinth, especially as she is a metic.
`But in my case, this thing which has struck me so unexpectedly, has broken my heart. I
am lost, I have forfeited all joy in living, my friends.'

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Creon still fears Medea ; she might be planning something evil in her heart.
Medea beseechs Creon and he still says no.
o `Yes, for I love my family rather more than I love you.'
o `I understand: my children apart, I love my country far above all else.'

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`The spell of reverence for oaths is no more...'
o Like in Antigone she has reverence for the gods and Creon lacks this
`Another royal lady has displaced you as wife and now rules in the house.'
o This ode finishes with verses describing Medea and her wretched life.…

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o If she had lived far away she would not be known by the Greeks, however
because of her cleverness she has won a reputation.
Jason believes that this marriage is the best for him and did this as he was an
exile from Iolchus, not that he hated sleeping…


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