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In the ancient play Medea Euripides uses such devices as irony conflict foreshadowing and stereotype to develop the character of Medea Various examples can be seen within each of the episodes of the book Within the Prologue of Medea there is a vivid image of Medea guarding her children like a lioness guarding her cubs At this point in the play this image shows that Medea is a compassionate and loving mother figure The comparison of Medea to a lioness also shows that she has a strong and forceful personality much like that of a lioness Medea also says lightning from heaven would split my head open Such an intense description is in response to all the pain that Jason has caused her by leaving her for another woman By this image the audience can also see that Medea has a very emotional and dramatic personality Plus Jason is stereotyped as being an unfaithful and selfish husband throughout the play and at this point in the play this goes to contrast the vile character of Jason with the favorable character of Medea Most women would choose to move on in such a situation but Medea simply cannot surmount what her husband has done to her and is tormented by it Also the nurses speech concerning how furious and inconsolable Medea is further supports the idea that she is dramatic and unforgiving In episode one the conflict that develops between Creon and Medea helps to further develop her character Knowing that Creon wants her to leave immediately Medea begs and pleads with Creon to allow her to stay one more night so that she can get her belongings ready Creon knows that Medea is wicked and says I am afraid of you and You are a clever woman versed in evil arts Such knowledge foreshadows what is to occur Yet Medea is still able to convince Creon to go against his own instincts and allow
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