Injustice In Medea

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Intimate and intense with a balance of mortal desire and divine influence, Medea makes up a family tragedy with sharp psychological observation, and plenty of bite. Medea, portrayed as barbarian women, finds herself threatened in the Greek world, as Jason leaves her to exile for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes revenge on Jason by killing his new wife and her own children with him to teach him a listen, and then she escapes to Athens to start a new life. Clearly, this play portrays and highlights many of the injustices suffered by women in ancient Athens. Medea is centered on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband. The play begins with state of conflict as Jason has abandoned his wife, Medea, with their two children and Medea raging at Jason for arranging to marry Glauce,…show more content…
Medea then returns to plotting the murders of Glauce and Creon. Medea kills her own children, though the children have done anything wrong, she does so as she feels it be the best way to hurt Jason. When Jason becomes fully convinced that medea regrets her actions, she begins to cry in mourning of her exile. She convinces Jason to let her give the robes to Glauce in the anticipation that Glauce might get Creon to lift the exile. Eventually Jason agrees and allows the children to deliver the poisoned robes. In another scene, a messenger tells her about Glauce and Creon’s deaths. The poison overtook Glauce and she fell down on the floor and dies. As the choir laments her decision, the children screaming are heard. Jason after that hurries onto the scene to tackle Medea about murdering Glauce and Creon and he promptly finds out that his children have also been killed. Then, Medea emerges above the stage with the bodies of her two children in the chariot of the sun god Helios. The chorus is left mulling over the will of Zeus in Medea's
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