Chorus Role in Medea

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The Chorus influences our response to Medea and her actions in both a positive and negative manner. The Chorus, a body of approximately fifteen Corinthian women who associate the audience with the actors, is able to persuade and govern us indirectly through sympathy for what has been done to Medea, a princess of Colchis and the victim of her husband's betrayal of love for another woman. The Chorus also lead us to through sympathy for Medea to accept her decision of taking revenge on princess Glauce and Jason. On the other hand the Corinthian women influence us and our responses towards Medea negatively by pleading to her when she decides to kill the children later in the story.

A way the Chorus influences our response to have pity and to give sympathy to Medea and her situation is by explaining and acquainting us of Medea's plight. "I heard her voice, I heard that unhappy woman from Colchis still crying, not calm yet." (Page 21) And again

"I heard her sobbing and wailing, shouting shrill, pitiful accusations against her husband who has betrayed her. She invokes Themis, daughter of Zeus, who witnessed those promises which drew her across from Asia to Hellas, setting sail at night, threading the salt strait, key and barrier to the Pontic Sea." (Page 23) Here the Chorus is giving us the situation where Medea has travelled from distant lands and has given up her life to be with Jason who in turn betrays her. They also tell us of how Medea is reacting to her situation; this appeals to us to give sympathy for Medea and to favour her but lets our feelings decide if we should feel sorry. Once the Chorus has explained the wrongs that have been done they accept Medea's decision to seek revenge on Jason therefore leading us to also accept Medea's decision. "I'll do as you ask. To punish Jason will be just." (Page 25)

Another method the Chorus portrays is by governing or telling us how we should feel in an indirect manner. In the scene where Medea has reached a...
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