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Medea is the tragic tale of a woman scorned It was written in 431 BC by the Greek playwright Euripides Eruipides was the first Greek poet to suffer the fate of so many of the great modern writers rejected by most of his contemporaries he rarely won first prize and was the favorite target for the scurrilous humor of the comic poets he was universally admired and revered by the Greeks of the centuries that followed his deathNorton Anthology Euripides showed his interest in psychology in his many understanding portraits of women World Book Euripides choice of women support characters such as the nurse and the chorus is imperative to the magnification of Medeas emotions The very fact that the nurse and chorus are female deepens Medeas sadness impassions her anger and makes the crime of killing her own children all the more heinous Medeas state of mind in the beginning of the play is that of hopelessness and self pity Medea is both woman and foreigner that is to say in terms of the audiences prejudice and practice she is a representative of the two free born groups in Athenian society that had almost no rights at all Norton Anthology 739 Euripides could not have chosen a more downtrodden role for Medea Here is this woman who has stood by her man through thick and thin She has turned her back on her family and killed her own brother while helping Jason capture the Golden Fleece Oh my father Oh my country In what dishonor I left you killing my own brother for it Medea 164-165 Despite all of her devotion to her husband he has fallen in love with someone new Glauke The Nurse and the Chorus understand and sympathize with Medea as only other women could Euripides develops the heart of Medeas character by the sympathetical approach of the Nurse calling out on her fathers name And her land
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