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In Medea by Euripides a desire for revenge and a determination to redress a moral wrong are both used in a way which conflicts with moral duty It is in this way that Euripides creates a protagonist in which a maniacal almost evil aura can be seen The actions of the antagonist Jason drive Medea to a truly gruesome act of revenge thus making this play the tragedy that it is As the play begins it is revealed that Jason has left Medea for another womanGlauce the daughter of Creon king of Corinth Fearing a possible plot of revenge Creon banishes Medea and her children from the city Medea pleads for mercy and is granted one more day before she must leave because after all what could Medea do in one day She could exact her revenge on Jason and Glauce and Creon which mainly centers on the murder of Jason The end result is far worse than death for Jason however as he is left with nothing after the murder of his wife and her father The actions of Jason drive Medea to this deed She feels as though she has been completely abandoned Therefore her first thoughts are to get her revenge get justice for an act in which she felt wronged or betrayed At first her thoughts for revenge included the murder of all three involved Later on in the play however her thoughts begin to narrow as she realizes that the cruelest thing she could do would not be to kill Jason but rather to leave him with absolutely nothingthe pain their loss would bring her would not equal the satisfaction she would feel in making Jason suffer Jason trying to partially correct his wrongs convinces Creon to allow the children to remain in Corinth While he is away however Medea secures a sanctuary in the court of Aegeus the king of Athens In agreeing to this Aegeus signs the fate
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