She revels in the anguish of her faithless husband. . A chorus of Corinthian women visit to comfort Medea. The modern reader, to fully understand the events of Medea, needs to be familiar with the legends and myths on which the play is based. Medea gives Jason a gossamer gown and a golden crown to sweeten the deal for Glauke. Eventually Jason agrees and allows their children to deliver the poisoned robes as the gift-bearers.
Medea then waits anxiously for news from the palace. She says that once it has all been completed she will be proud, and noble. He offers Medea money and aid in her exile, but she proudly refuses. When Creon is gone, Medea laughs at him and calls him a fool for allowing her to stay. Next Jason comes to offer Medea money and letters of recommendation to ease the burdens of her exile. Jason also visits Medea and attempts to explain himself, insisting that his marriage to Glauce presented a rare opportunity for him which will allow him to better provide for his sons with Medea through their familial relationship to the princes Glauce will bear Jason.
She then murders her brother and becomes Jason's lover. By an incredibly lucky coincidence, Aegeus, King of Athens, happens by. Medea is infuriated by Jason's abandoning her and their children, and makes threats to kill Creon and the Princess. They're upset about all the drama going on. Medea makes the old king vow by all the gods. Creon dies, too, trying to help his daughter.
Medea uses them as pawns in the murder of Glauce and Creon, and then kills them in the play's culminating horror. During that one day's time, Medea confronts Jason. Appearing by chance in Corinth, Aegeus, King of Athens, offers Medea sanctuary in his home city in exchange for her knowledge of certain drugs that can cure his sterility. She announces her intention to seek revenge. It is after these events Jason and Medea meeting, marrying, and having children that the play Medea begins. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason's new wife as well as her own children, after which she escapes to to start a new life. In the end, Medea decides to get revenge by killing Jason's new wife and Jason's and Medea's children.
Where, the Nurse claims, Medea is hated and Jason has betrayed her and his children by marrying the Princess, the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth. The Chorus of Corinthian women enters, full of sympathy for Medea. Can they escape her wrath? Nathan Ramsay played the part of Jason, Tessa Rose played Medea, and played the Chorus. They ask the Nurse to bring Medea out so that they might comfort her; the unfortunate woman's cries can be heard even outside the house. Peter Marks picture by Michael Quan , , 25 September 1998. Of course, she neglects to mention she's about to kill a bunch of people.
Clever, powerful, and ruthless, Medea enabled Jason to complete his quest for the Golden Fleece. She takes them offstage inside and we hear them struggle. As the chorus laments her decision, the children are heard screaming. The Chorus begs Medea to reconsider these plans, but Medea insists that her revenge must be complete. If she left her children with Jason, they would be living in a society that would look down upon them since they do not have pure goddess origins.
We see how Jason has escaped the anxieties of exile by abandoning his family and marrying into the royal family of Corinth. Aegeus - The King of Athens, Aegeus passes through Corinth after having visited the Oracle at Delphi, where he sought a cure for his sterility. She mocks Jason pitilessly, foretelling an embarrassing death for him; she also refuses to give him the bodies. The Nurse describes how Medea weeps for her homeland and everything she left behind to come with Jason who has abandoned her. Outside the door to Medea's house in the city-state of Corinth, the Nurse laments that Jason's ship, the Argo, ever sailed to Clochis, Medea's non-Grecian homeland, in search for the Golden Fleece. When the Princess put on the gown and crown, she received a rather nasty surprise.
Moreover, it is not for love that I have promised to marry the princess, but to win wealth and power for myself and for my sons. By the avengers that in Hades reign, It never shall be said that I have left My children for my foes to trample on. Whither can I fly, since all Greece hates the barbarian? Before he can manage, Medea appears over the stage in a chariot drawn by chimeras sent by the sun god, Helios, her grandfather. A possible explanation is found in a to line 264 of the play, which asserts that Medea's children were traditionally killed by the Corinthians after her escape; Euripides' apparent invention of Medea's might have offended its audience just as his did. Jason had to perform certain tasks in order to get the golden fleece, and it was Medea, with her magical powers, who helped him through the tasks. Their hope is misplaced, however, for once again Medea neglects to mention a vital piece of information: the gifts are cursed.
Medea now prepares to kill her children. The play charts Medea's emotional transformation, a progression from suicidal despair to sadistic fury. Medea gives many hints throughout the play of her final act of retaliation. In Medea, the three Corinthian women often show signs that they are afraid of Medea. The Tutor is another slave of Medea's household. All the events of play proceed out of this initial dilemma, and the involved parties become its central characters. She has Jason summoned, and when he comes she begs for his forgiveness.
Next, Medea receives a visit from Aegeus, King of Athens, who has returned from a trip to the Oracle of Phoebus where he sought guidance to bare children since he is still childless. It goes against his better judgment, but he allows it out of pity for Medea's two sons. My purpose melts Beneath the bright looks of my little ones. Just then, Medea cries from inside the house offstage that she is wretched and wants to die. Davison provided the scenic design and the music. The first is that she feels that it is a perfect way to complement the death of the princess in getting revenge on Jason.