Here every year three playwrights competed against each other, each writing a tetralogy of three tragedies and a satyr play alongside Medea were PhiloctetesDictys and the satyr play Theristai. Euphorion won, and Euripides placed last. While Medea is considered one of the great plays of the Western canonthe Athenian audience did not react so favorably, and it placed third out of the three competing plays at the Dionysia festival of BC.
For one, her husband, Jason, has married another woman, Glauke, daughter of Creon the King of Corinth. On top of that, Creon banishes Medea and her two sons from Corinth.
Medea, however, is not the kind of woman to take such mistreatment lying down. She swears bloody revenge and swiftly sets about finding a way to kill them all.
First, she convinces Creon to let her stay one more day in Corinth. This gives Medea enough time to put her plot into motion.
By an incredibly lucky coincidence, Aegeus, King of Athens, happens by. Medea promises to cure his sterility if he swears to give her safe harbor.
Now that Medea has the time and a safe place to retreat to, she can really get to work. Medea begs her husband to ask Glauke if their two sons can stay in Corinth. Jason is moved and agrees. Medea gives Jason a gossamer gown and a golden crown to sweeten the deal for Glauke. Jason and the children trot off to the palace with hope in their hearts.
Their hope is misplaced, however, for once again Medea neglects to mention a vital piece of information: A Messenger returns and tells Medea all about the horror she has wreaked.
When the Princess put on the gown and crown, she received a rather nasty surprise. Her entire body caught fire and the flesh melted from her bones.
Medea thinks this is great. Now she only has one thing left to do, in order to leave Jason totally devastated — kill their sons. She struggles with her motherly instincts, but in the end her revenge is more important. Medea drags the boys inside the house and kills them with a sword.
Jason arrives too late to save his sons.
Jason curses his wife, and she curses him back. She refuses him even this, and takes their corpses away with her as she flies away triumphant.Summary of the Medea Tragedy by Euripides.
Search the site GO. History & Culture. Ancient History & Culture Literature Women's History View More by N.S. Gill. At the opening of the play, Medea and Jason are already the parents of two children during their life together, but their domestic arrangement is about to end.
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At the beginning of the play, Medea's in dire straights. For one, her husband, Jason, has married another woman, Glauke, daughter of Creon the King of Corinth.
On top of that, Creon banishes Medea and her two sons . Having the Nurse recount Medea and Jason's past exploits and exiles in her complaints was a deft way for Euripides to situate his audience in the particular moment in the story at which the play begins, in medias res (in the middle of things).
The Characterization of Medea in Euripides and Ovid. The Medea by Euripides, Heroides XII: Medea to Jason by Ovid Both Fifth century B.
C. playwright Euripides and Roman poet and dramatist Ovid tell the story of Jason ditching Medea for another woman; however, they do not always share a perspective on the female matron’s traits, behavior, and purpose.
Euripides' Characters. Here is what The Trojan War plays seem to say about some of the players. Agamemnon- Iphigenia at Aulis shows Agamemnon not as the feared Greek leader, but as subject to the will of the Greek army and fearful of his men.
He is guided not by his own thoughts, but by Calchas the seer and his fear of the Gods. Medea: Summary Title of Work: Medea Country/Culture: Greek Literary Period: Classical Type of Literature (genre): Drama/Tragedy Author: Euripides Authorial information: Euripides was born in BC and took up drama at the young age of At most drama competitions, however his plays came.