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Abraham Olivares11/12/2019Honors English 9Medea Literary AnalysisScene 1 (Pages 17-25): Literary Analysis3. The bad news that the Tutor brings is that Creon, the king of Corinth is going to send Medea and her sons away and banish them from Corinth. The nurse then thinks that Jason will not let his sons be banished, even if he is not on good terms and fighting with Medea. She says,“But surely Jason won’t stand by and see is sons banished, even if he has a quarrel with their mother” (Euripides, 19). The Tutor disagrees, however, reasoning that “Old love is ousted by new love” (Euripides, 19).4. When the nurse says, “The dark cloud of her lamentations is just beginning” (Euripides, 20), she has pity for what Medea is going through and how she is suffering and, at the same time, the nurse is worried for those around her in her future because she could be dangerous. The nurse describes Medea as, “Her mood is cruel, her nature dangerous” (Euripides, 20). This fear of how Medea will react and how it may impact her sons becomes more evident when the nurse says, “I am sick with fear for you, children, terror of what may happen. The mind of a queen is a thing to fear” (Euripides, 21). 8. Medea complains that women are very unhappy and gives a few reasons as to why this is, blaming their duty to give themselves to men they do not know and their inability to divorce their husbands if they are bad men. Another reason that Medea gives for her unhappiness is because she had to leave her homeland for her husband and learn “New customs, needs the skill of magic to find out what her home could not teach her, how to treat theman whose bed she shares” (Eurpidies, 24). She is describing the difficulties a foreign woman faces when trying to be a Greek wife in unfamiliar territory and culture. A third reason Medea gives for her unhappiness is the double standard of infidelity and how it is acceptable “If a man grows tired of the wife then he can go out and find a cure for tediousness” (Euripides, 24). She goes on to say that “We wives are forced to look to one man only” (Euripides, 24). Scene 1 (Pages 17-25): Vocabulary9. The word “enmity” is the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something. It sets the mood at the start of the play as dark, hostile, and contemptuous. The word emphasizes the true hatred that has consumed her world as a result ofJason’s infidelity and abandoning her and her sons for another woman. It also foreshadows her quest for revenge and violent response to this hurtful betrayal.10. The word “fidelity” means faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. Medea is angry about her husband cheating on her with the king’s daughter and leaving her to go marry the princess. The nurse says, “Jason has betrayed
his own sons, and my mistress, for a royal bed, for an alliance with the king of Corinth” (Euripides, 17-18). Medea has been a faithful wife and she has received no gratitude from her

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