Medea Essay | What Is the Role of the Chorus in Medea?

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What Is the Role of the Chorus in Medea?

Summary: In Medea an essential character is the chorus of Corinthian women. They help obtain Euripides' truly genius paradox of achieving empathy from the readers for a mother who sheds her own children's blood. One of the major themes of Medea is the position of women. Medea herself constantly gripes about the treatment of her gender.
In Medea an essential character is the chorus of Corinthian women. They help obtain Euripides' truly genius paradox of achieving empathy from the readers for a mother who sheds her own children's blood. One of the major turning points in the play is when Medea asks for the chorus of women's silence as she contrives an evil plot to gain revenge. They agree immediately and are henceforth wrapped up in the play and the malicious plot. "This I promise. You are right, Medea, / In paying your husband back. I am not surprised at you / For being sad" (265 - 266). Through stasimons throughout the play they embody everywoman and represent the feelings of the female Greek world.

The first stasimon is a plea for all women to unite in the face of a greater enemy - men. The chorus takes the voice of...

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