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Medea Before, During, and After Euripides’ Medea Medea: Character Profile Niece of Circe Sorceress Granddaughter of sun Priestess of Hecate, god Helios goddess of underworld Woman of great passion Jason Jason’s uncle usurps his throne in Iolchos; sends Jason on quest Jason seeks Golden Fleece in M’s father’s kingdom (Colchis) Hera (Jason’s protector) gets Aphrodite to make M. fall for Jason Promises Made M will help J get Fleece J will marry M Promises Kept M murders own brother to slow father’s pursuit of J J marries M –They go to Iolchus Jason’s Kingdom M tricks J’s cousins into killing their own father J doesn’t get kingdom J + M get driven out of town; flee to Corinth Euripides’ Medea J + M have 2 kids J has betrayed M – Engaged to Corinth king Creon’s daughter King Creon banishes M and children M kills Creon + daughter, and her own kids in revenge M flees to Athens’ King Aegeus in Helios’ chariot After the Play M marries, has son with J dies alone, in Aegeus obscurity Tries to poison Aegeus’ Piece of his own ship first son Theseus (fails; falls on him is banished) Goes back to Colchis, helps father get kingdom back Eventually becomes immortal Things to Consider Who would the ancient Greeks blame for the tragedy? Who do you blame? What is Euripides’ opinion of women? What relevance does this story have for modern readers?
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