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Medea by Euripides

Medea is in dire straits, her husband has left her for a princess ­ and her father, Creon, has banished
her from Corinth. Medea does not take this lying down, and hatches a plan to murder them all. She
manages to get Creon to let her stay…

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Nurse: "[Medea] hates her sons I dread to think of what is hatching in her mind"
Euripides doesn't shy away from clear foreshadowing here. Medea's path of revenge is pretty clear
even from the opening moments of the play.

Medea: "Oh what misery! Cursed sons, and a mother for cursing!…

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Medea: "Go, my sons, into the halls of wealth down on your knees and beg her ­ this new wife of our
Medea could be seen as a traitor as well. She's purposely involving her sons in a plot which will
make everybody in Corinth want to kill them.…

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Foreignness and `The Other'
Ancient Greeks had a deep suspicion of foreigners, thinking of them all as "barbarians". With Medea,
Euripides seems to confront this prejudice by choosing to honour a foreigner with the role of tragic
heroine and by making her the most intelligent character in the play. However,…

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a nice move. Of course, the Tutor's whole position in life is threatened by the new marriage. If Medea
and the boys get exiled, what will happen to him?

Cunning and Cleverness
Medea is symbolic of the clever woman imprisoned in a world of men. Her intelligence inspires both

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seems to feel all right with her decisions. Once again this seems to support the view that the play has
a very cynical view of love. Medea is a lot happier and selfsatisfied now that she's completely
destroyed all traces of it from her life.

Medea is a straight…

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Jason's insensitivity knows no bounds. Without the help of Medea's cunning and magic, Jason never
would've gotten the Golden Fleece. He wouldn't be a legendary hero at all. Ironically, he wouldn't even
be considered worthy of Creon's royal daughter. When Medea points out how much he owes her, he

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that he's an old softy, when he allows Medea to stay another day for the sake of her sons. So why
would the Chorus do nothing to stop the murder of their amiable ruler?

The only justification we can come up with for the Chorus's inactivity is that, like Medea,…


Jamie Haywood


it was ok...but all the stuff is copied from shmoop

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