Medea Characters

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Aegeus, King of Athens

Aegeus, with his dilemma of childlessness, reinforces the importance of children (heirs) to royal leaders, making doubly hurtful Jason's loss. Aegeus follows the conventional means of solving his problem consulting an oracle for advice, Aegeus is obviously a kind man. He recognizes that Medea is downcast and asks tactful questions; then gives her his complete sympathy. His accepting attitude toward Medea and his offer to give her shelter in his city elevate her in the eyes of the audience. His refusal to help her travel to Athens because it would offend his allies shows that he is a careful leader it also reinforces the danger of Medea's situation.

Children's Attendant

The attendant discourses with the nurse in the opening scene to further reveal the nature of Jason's break with his wife. The attendant also displays the cynical attitude for which Euripides was known rebuking the...

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