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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Euripides's play Medea.

Medea | Characters

Character Description
Medea Medea is Jason's wife and the mother of his two children, whom she murders as revenge for Jason's betrayal. Read More
Jason Jason is a Greek hero and Medea's husband, who leaves her to marry the Princess of Corinth for wealth and social standing. Read More
Nurse The servant of Medea, the Nurse comments on Medea's emotional state.
Tutor As the servant assigned to the children of Medea and Jason, the Tutor also comments on Medea's mental state while watching over the children.
Chorus Leader Leader of the Corinthian women who speak for society.
Chorus The Chorus is a group of Corinthian women who speak for society as they observe Medea's words and actions and offer moral advice.
Creon As the King of Corinth, Creon attempts to banish Medea and her children, but in the end he unwittingly allows her the time she needs to take revenge.
Aegeus Aegeus, the king of Athens, visits Medea and offers her sanctuary in exchange for magical help to cure his sterility.
Messenger The Messenger reports the gory details surrounding the murders of the princess and King Creon.
Princess Although she does not appear in the play, the princess is an important target of Medea's revenge and is described as vain and disdainful of Jason's sons.
First Son Medea and Jason's two sons are killed by their mother as revenge for their father's infidelity.
Second Son Medea and Jason's two sons are killed by their mother as revenge for their father's infidelity.
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