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In Euripides' tragedy, Medea, is plot more important than character?

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In Euripides' tragedy, Medea, is plot more important than character?

Euripides' Medea is based on the already existing and popular myth of Jason and the Argonoughts and this makes plot very important. As it has a mythical background there is an element of what, to a modern audience, would seem to be magical realism, but to an ancient Greek audience would be believed as possible, for example Medea having divine blood and her grandfather, the Sun God being the deus ex machina taking her away on his chariot. This could also be seen as a weakness in the plot as she is just taken away and it ends.

The plot of Medea follows the Greek tragedy structure and so this controls the plot. It starts with the prologue, the opening scene that tells the audience of the background to the story, and then there is the parados, which is the entrance of the chorus. This is followed by the episodes, which each end with a staismon (choral ode) - in Medea there are six episodes. It then ends with the exidos, in which all of the players make a ceremonial exit.

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