Medea - Part 1 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1 Summary

This Greek tragedy tells the horrifying story of a woman so determined to punish her husband for leaving her that she's even prepared to kill their children. While its action follows classical stylistic and narrative traditions, the piece makes a thematic call, anachronistic for its time, for men to respect all women.

Medea's Nurse appears in front of Medea's house in Corinth. She begins a lengthy and highly expositional speech by expressing her wish that the Argo (the ship of Medea's husband Jason) had never completed its mission to capture the famous Golden Fleece. If it hadn't, she says, Jason and Medea never would have met, and the murderously painful chain of events their meeting set in motion would never have happened. The first of those events, as the Nurse recounts them, was Medea persuading the daughters of a king to kill their father to enable her...

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