Summary of Euripe's Medea with Excerpts

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Summary of Euripides’s Medea At the beginning of Medea, a nurse explains the events that have led to the present crisis. After many trials, Jason and Medea found exile in Corinth, the pair had settled down and established their family, gaining the respect of the townspeople. When Jason abandons his marriage and children, Medea slips into a state of depression, cursing her life and the life of her children. Jason aspires to advance his status by marrying Glauce, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth. Fearing a possible plot of revenge, Creon exiles Medea and her children from the city. After pleading for mercy, Medea is granted one day before she must leave, during which she plans to complete her ultimate goal which is to murder Creon, Glauce, and Jason. During that one day left in Corinth, Medea decides to confront Jason. She reminds him of all the actions she has done for him and how he has dishonored himself by abandoning the marriage. Jason accuses Medea of overreacting. He claims that his decision to remarry was in everyone's best interest. Medea finds him spineless, and she refuses to accept his token offers of help. While visiting Corinth, Aegeus, King of Athens, offers Medea to come live in his home city in exchange for her knowledge of certain drugs that can cure his sterility. Now guaranteed a home in Athens, Medea has cleared all obstacles to completing her revenge, a plan which grows to include the murder of her own children; the pain their loss will cause her does not outweigh the satisfaction she will feel in making Jason suffer. Medea then pretends to sympathize with Jason and offers his wife the gifts of a crown and robe. Allegedly, the gifts are meant to convince Glauce to ask her father to allow the children to stay in Corinth. The crown and robe are actually poisoned, however, and their delivery causes Glauce's death. Seeing his daughter withered
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