Medea Themes & Motifs

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Revenge

The main theme of Euripides' "Medea" is vengeance. After Jason betrays Medea by marrying Glauce, Medea plots and enacts her revenge. This comprises the majority of the play. From the beginning, Medea's nurse fears how she will seek her vengeance because "she is cunning. Whoever crosses swords with her will not find victory easy" (paragraph 2). When the chorus arrives at Medea's house, she begs them to keep silent if she finds a way to punish Jason, admitting that no heart is more murderous than a woman's when she is wronged in love. First, Medea convinces Creon to delay her exile for a day, giving her time to enact her vengeance. Still, she questions where she will find refuge after her vengeance. The answer comes when Aegeus visits Medea and agrees to grant her refuge in Athens in exchange for Medea using her knowledge of magic to...

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