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Artboard 1Euripides431 BCEAncient GreekPlayAuthorFirst PerformedOriginal LanguageTragedyMedeaThe Terrible Priceof RevengeTHEMESRevengePassionEmboldened with fury, her passion for Jason dominates her actions, and she sets out to poison the princess and king.BetrayalThough she betrayed her family to help Jason, he abandons her to marry the princess of Corinth.Bent on causing the most pain for her husband—at any cost—she murders their children. Revenge is the thematic pulse of Medea. Abandoned by her husband, Jason, and exiled by his soon-to-be father-in-law, the king of Corinth, Medea devises a murderous plot to exact vengeance. Though skillfully carried out in a single day, her plan exacts an excruciating price—the death of her children.SymbolsCries Within the Marriage HouseThe cries show the pain of betrayal, first as Medea mourns her marriage and later as she murders her sons.Poisoned CrownRepresents Jason's ambition; poisoned, it symbolizes Medea's revenge.Main CharactersGolden ChariotHelios's chariot represents Medea's pride, victory, and divine nature.EURIPIDESC. 484–406 BCEAuthorEuripides is one of the three great Greek tragic dramatists, alongside Aeschylus and Sophocles. Born in Athens, Euripides wrote nontraditional plays that captured universal emotions while exploring new topics, such as strong female characters, thinking slaves, and satirical heroes.Medeaby the NumbersFirst-place awards Euripides won at the drama festival in Athens, about one-fourth the number won by his counterpart Sophocles5Plays Euripides is known to have written, though only 19 survive today92Year Medea was adapted by French playwright Jean Anouilh as a film1946MedeaBarbarian princess, previously married to JasonMermeros & PheresSons of Medea and JasonChorusCorinthian women who provide context to audienceAegeusKing of Athens and friend to MedeaCreonKing of Corinth and father of the brideJasonFormer husband of Medea, now engaged to the Princess of CorinthMedea, Line 1271he evil done to me has won the day.FriendshipMarriedFamilyMurdersSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, University of Pennsylvania, Theatrehistory.comCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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