Golden Fleece And Revenge In Medea By Medea

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Euripides Medea is a tale that hinges upon crime, punishment, and revenge. Jason, Medea’s husband, whom she helped rise to power and fame through the discovery of the Golden Fleece, has decided to abandon his wife in favor of a woman who will benefit his social position. Medea has given up everything to help her husband be powerful and is, of course, very angry that he betrayed her so easily. Prior to Medea and Jason’s return to Corinth, Jason's father had died, and his uncle Pelias sat, without right, on the throne. Desperate to help her husband, Medea convinced Pelias' daughters that she knew a way to restore the old king's youth. He would have to be killed, cut into pieces, and then put together and restored to youth by Medea's magic. The unwitting daughters did as Medea asked, but the sorceress then explained that she couldn't really bring Pelias back to life. Unfortunately, rather than winning Jason his throne back, this move forced Jason, Medea, and their children into exile and to find refuge in Corinth. The action of the play begins here soon after Medea learns of Jason's deceit and betrayal.
This epic begins with Medea’s Nurse speaking of the sorrows facing Medea's family. Eventually, the Nurse is joined by the Tutor and Medea’s’ children, and the pain and anguish Medea is feeling from Jason's betrayal are introduced, as well as the imminent danger her children are in. The Nurse explains to the Tutor that she fears for everyone’s safety, as she knows of the
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