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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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