Medea Essay

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In the following excerpt, Conacher provides an in-depth analysis of the Medea, outlining each portion of the drama, explaining its structure, and exploring the characters and their motivations.

The intense centripetal focus of this tragedy begins in the prologue. Its three parts, monologue, dialogue and a frightened anapaestic series punctuated by Medea's off-stage cries, produce their complementary effects in an ascending scale of excitement. The first speaker is the Nurse, and so our earliest impression of Medea comes through an intimate and sympathetic witness. Her news, that Jason has deserted Medea for the daughter of King Creon, is enclosed by accounts of the past services of Medea to Jason and to the city which has sheltered him, and, hideous as these services have been, they are presented in the light of edea's passionate devotion to her husband. The description of Medea's mood suggests a savage, wounded animal and...

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