Medea and Creon- Medea

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Medea and Creon 1. The evidence that Medea’s behaviour with Creon offers of her cleverness is that she is versatile; she tries many different ways of persuading him to let her stay. She implies that she is not a threat “I’m in no position-A woman- to wrong a King.” “I bear no grudge on your happiness:” and “I will bear my wrongs in silence.” She gets nowhere with this approach so she turns to pleading with Creon. “I kneel to you, I beseech you” and “I beg you! Will you cast off pity,” again she gets nowhere and in a last plea before he get his men, she appeals to kindness and like of children. “Show some pity: you are a father too,” this is very clever as she does not actually like her children. 2. She manipulates Creon by pretending she is not a threat “I’m in no position-A woman- to wrong a King.” “I bear no grudge on your happiness:” and “I will bear my wrongs in silence.” She then appeals to his kindness to let her and her children stay. 3. The impression that we get of Creon from his banishment of Medea and the children is that we get the impression that he has clear values, he values his daughter first then his country. “I love my country too-next only to my daughter.” He puts on a front of authority and Medea gets underneath that and exploits his pity for children. He does understand that she is a real threat; he shows insight for this but does not have enough strength to carry it through. 4. Creon’s last sentence shows us that he thinks that he has dealt with the threat but he is not completely sure, which shows some of his weaknesses. He is more trying to reassure himself with this last sentence than anyone

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