Medea Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What literary function does the Nurse serve by opening the play?

By opening the play, the Nurse serves as a vehicle for exposition to both inform the audience of the background to the story, and to give them a sense of where the playwright is taking the themes of the story.

2. Does the Nurse find Medea sympathetic? Why or why not?

The Nurse finds Medea very sympathetic because she gave up so much for her husband and has no real recourse against him for his abandonment.

3. Why does the King of Corinth think it is a good idea to send Medea into exile?

The King likely thinks it's a good idea to send Medea into exile because it would be very awkward for his daughter to marry Jason and yet have the constant reminder of his previous infidelity.

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