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Stasimon 4

Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Stasimon 4 of Euripides's play Medea.

Medea | Stasimon 4 | Summary



In this stasimon the choral ode focuses on the sorrow of the coming tragedy, detailing the agony and destruction that will ensue because of Medea's thirst for revenge.


The use of the word slaughter twice to describe the imminent murder of the children at their mother's hand evokes the slaughter of lambs—the ruin of innocents, doubly cruel because the one who brought them life brings death.

The Chorus uses metaphors to describe the coming denouement, the resolution of the plot. The princess will be tempted by the "ornament of twisted gold" and thus ensure that "her marriage bed will lie among the dead." It laments the end of Jason's foolish ignorance and is filled with sorrow when it thinks of the children's murder.

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