Throughout the play, it becomes evident to the reader that Medea is no ordinary woman by Greek standards. This article will answer questions such as how Medea behaves like a female, how she acts heroically from a male point of view, why she killed her children, if she could have achieved her goal without killing them, if the murder was motivated by her barbarian origins, and how she deals with the pain of killing her children.
However, he then left her, seeking to advance his political ambitions by marrying Glaucethe daughter of King Creon of Corinth. The play opens with Medea grieving over the loss of her husband's love. Her elderly nurse and the Chorus of Corinthian women generally sympathetic to her plight fear what she might do to herself or her children.
King Creonalso fearing what Medea might do, banishes her, declaring that she and her children must leave Corinth immediately.
Medea begs for mercy, and is granted a reprieve of one day, all she needs to extract her revenge. Jason arrives and attempts to explain himself. He says that he does not love Glauce but can not pass up the opportunity to marry a wealthy and royal princess Medea is from Colchis in the Caucusus and is considered a barbarian witch by the Greeksand claims that he hopes one day to join the two families and keep Medea as his mistress.
Medea and the Chorus of Corinthian women do not believe him. She reminds him that she left her own people for him, murdering her own brother for his sake, so that she can never now return home.
She also reminds him that it was she herself who saved him and slew the dragon which guarded the Golden Fleece, but he is unmoved, merely offering to placate her with gifts. Medea hints darkly that he may live to regret his decision, and secretly plans to kill both Glauce and Creon. Medea is then visited by Aegeusthe childless king of Athens, who asks the renowned sorceresss to help his wife conceive a child.
Medea tells the Chorus of her plans to poison a golden robe a family heirloom and gift from the sun god, Helios which she believes the vain Glauce will not be able to resist wearing. She resolves to kill her own children as well, not because the children have done anything wrong, but as the best way her tortured mind can think of to hurt Jason.
She calls for Jason once more, pretends to apologize to him and sends the poisoned robe and crown as a gift to Glaucewith her children as the gift-bearers. As Medea ponders her actions, a messenger arrives to relate the wild success of her plan. Glauce has been killed by the poisoned robe, and Creon has also been killed by the poison while attempting to save her, both daughter and father dying in excruciating pain.
She wrestles with herself over whether she can bring herself to kill her own children too, speaking lovingly to them all the while in a moving and chilling scene. As the Chorus of women laments her decision, the children are heard screaming.
The Chorus considers interfering, but in the end does nothing.
Jason discovers the murder of Glauce and Creon and rushes to the scene to punish Medeaonly to learn that his children too have been killed.
The play ends with the Chorus lamenting that such tragic and unexpected evils should result from the will of the gods. Analysis Back to Top of Page Although the play is now considered one of the great plays of ancient Greece, the Athenian audience did not react so favourably at the time, and awarded it only third place prize out of three at the Dionysia festival of BCE, adding another disappointment to Euripides ' career.
This may have been due to the extensive changes Euripides made to the conventions of Greek theatre in the play, by including an indecisive chorus, by implicitly criticizing Athenian society and by showing disrespect for the gods.
As in the case of most Greek tragedies, the play does not require any change of scene and takes place throughout outside the facade of Jason 's and Medea 's palace in Corinth. The play explores many universal themes:Medea is a cautionary tale on the horrors that revenge can cause.
Medea's lust for revenge makes her an unsympathetic character. The plot of the Greek poet Euripides' Medea tragedy is convoluted and messy, rather like its antihero, Medea.
It was first performed at the Dionysian Festival in BCE, where it famously won third (last) prize against entries by Sophocles and Euphorion.
According to Euripides' version, Medea took her revenge by sending Glauce a dress and golden coronet, covered in poison. This resulted in the deaths of both the princess and the king, Creon, when he went to save his daughter.
Unfortunately, Medea’s desire to exact revenge on Jason is greater than her love for her children, and at the end of the play she kills them.
Medea was also a faithful wife to Jason. She talks about how she helped Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece, then helped . Medea, a play by the Greek playwright Euripides, explores the Greek-barbarian dichotomy through the character of Medea, a princess from the "barbarian", or non-Greek, land of Colchis.
Throughout the play, it becomes evident to the reader that Medea is no ordinary woman by Greek st. Medea is a cautionary tale on the horrors that revenge can cause.
Medea's lust for revenge makes her an unsympathetic character.