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Medea vs Antigone The two Greek plays Medea and Antigone both exhibit opening scenes that serve numerous purposes Such as establishing loyalties undermining assumptions on the part of the audience foreshadowing the rest of the play and outlining all of the issues Medea and Antigone share many similarities in their openings Both plays begin with providing the audience with the history and the consequences of certain situations that the characters were involved in It also brings the audience to the present time in which the play occurs This enables the audience to have a clear and refreshed image of what aspect of the legend the play emphasizes or if any alterations were made In Medea the nurse is the first character who enters the play and reminds the audience of the legend of the Golden Fleece and the love between Jason and Medea from beginning to the end She also brings them to the present state Medea is in which is of complete despair and depression after Jason remarried And she hates her children now and feels no joy at seeing them Oates 292 In Antigone one of the purposes of the chorus is to provide history to the audience Although Sophocles did change the structure a little The first to enter the play are Antigone and Ismene who are engaging in conversation over defying the edict forbidding their brothers burial which brings the audience to the present time Shortly after the chorus enters and recounts the reasons for the battle and death of Polyneices and Eteocles brothers to Antigone and Ismene The chorus appears every scene to serve as the voice of the culture and counsels to the characters Save those two of cruel fate who born of one sire and one mother set against each other their twain conquering spears and sharers in a common death Oates 192 While the chorus and the nurse recount the background of the
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