Medea

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Jasmin Lee
THEA101 MWF 1030-1120
6 February 2013
Medea Summary
The play “Medea” is about an oriental woman named Medea who has just found out about her husband, Jason, marrying the princess of Corinth because of royalty. The play starts out with the “Nurse” telling the story about how pitiful and sorrowful she thinks of Medea and how she sense danger for Medea’s two boys. The father of the woman to be betrothed to Jason, King Creon, fears the wrath of Medea and banishes her from Corinth immediately. However, Medea, the wise and witty woman she is, has already disguised a plot to get revenge on Jason. Medea convinces Creon to let her spend just one more night in Corinth in needs of preparation to leave, which the king agrees to do, not realizing the danger he was bringing upon his precious daughter and himself. Medea then meets Aegeus who is the king of Athens, and arranges to bear his children in exchange for full protection and a place to stay in Athens, which he blissfully agrees to and sets off. That night, Medea calls Jason over, faking an apology, asking for forgiveness, and telling him her last request which was for him to look after her sons after she had left Corinth. Jason gladly concurs and seems eased and unconcerned, without a slight intuition of what was to come next. Medea sends over her boys to the princess with two gifts, one a golden diadem and the other, a robe of gossamer, both being poisonous to touch. Not knowing of this fact, the princess wears the robe of gossamer and puts the golden diadem on top of her head, and instantly dies. Her father, not thinking, rushes over to her daughter and touches her and caresses her in grief, and also immediately dying on the spot. A messenger from the palace informs Medea that both the princess and the king of Corinth are dead, and her treacherous deed was done. However, Medea felt the need to kill her own sons, because they were of Jason’s blood, so she kills the two sons, and just as Jason comes to...
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