Jason then rushes onto the scene to confront Medea about murdering Creon and Glauce and he quickly discovers that his children have been killed as well. Medea then appears above the stage with the bodies of her children in the chariot of the sun god Helios. When this play was put on, this scene was accomplished using the mechane device usually reserved for the appearance of a god or goddess. She confronts Jason, reveling in his pain at being unable to ever hold his children again:.
I do not leave my children's bodies with thee; I take them with me that I may bury them in Hera 's precinct. And for thee, who didst me all that evil, I prophesy an evil doom.
She escapes to Athens with the bodies. The chorus is left contemplating the will of Zeus in Medea's actions:. Manifold are thy shapings, Providence! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the play by Euripides. For other plays of the same name, see Medea disambiguation. Medea, a performance history. Rabinowitz , pp. Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage. University of California Press, Sep 1, , p.
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This Creon grants, to the undoing of him and his. Jason arrives and reproaches Medea with having provoked her sentence by her own violent temper. Had she had the sense to submit to sovereign power she would never have been thrust away by him. In reply she reminds her husband of what she had once done for him; how for him she had betrayed her father and her people; for his sake had caused Pelias, whom he feared, to be killed by his own daughters.
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Whither can I fly, since all Greece hates the barbarian? I have brought you from a barbarous land to Greece, and in Greece you are esteemed for your wisdom. And without fame of what avail is treasure or even the gifts of the Muses? 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.
Neither do I wish to send you away in need; take as ample a provision as you like, and I will recommend you to the care of my friends. She refuses with scorn his base gifts, "Marry the maid if thou wilt; perchance full soon thou mayst rue thy nuptials. Meantime, Aegeus, the ruler of Athens, arrives at Corinth from Delphi, Medea laments her fate to him and asks his aid; he swears that in Athens she shall find refuge. Now, reassured, she turns to vengeance. She has Jason summoned, and when he comes she begs for his forgiveness. I will yield to the decree, and only beg one favor, that my children may stay.
They shall take to the princess a costly robe and a golden crown, and pray for her protection. The prayer is granted and the gifts accepted. But soon a messenger appears, announcing the result:. The bride had died in horrible agony; for no sooner had she put on Medea's gifts than a devouring poison consumed her limbs as with fire, and in his endeavor to save his daughter the old father died too.
Nor is her vengeance by any means complete.
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She leads her two children to the house, and that no other may slay them in revenge, murders them herself. Very effective is this scene in which, after a soliloquy of agonizing doubt and hesitation, she resolves on this awful deed:. Jason, who has come to punish the murderess of his bride, hears that his children have perished too, and Medea herself appears to him in the chariot of the sun, bestowed by Helios, the sun-god, upon his descendants.
She revels in the anguish of her faithless husband. And for thee, who didst me all that evil, I prophesy an evil doom. This drama is a masterly presentment of passion in its secret folds and recesses.