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Show by what stages Medea's plan for revenge develops.

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Show by what stages Medea's plan for revenge develops. Throughout the chapters we have read, it seems that Medea has ever-changing plans in mind. She hasn't seemed to stick to one plan yet, and is probably hesitant or maybe unwilling to carry it off. The questions arises as to whether or not these plans are empty threats, or whether she really intends to put them into action, she might end up favouring a curse rather than having to enact her revenge for herself, or it might just be the case that she does indeed want to have the "pleasure" of killing Jason (?), his wife and Creon herself. At the beginning of the book, her intentions do not come from her, but it is from the nurse who has heard her ramblings and is making assumptions as to what they mean, and how she plans to go ahead with them "something that she means to do" (p.20). She helps us distinguish what sort of character Medea is, and that helps us get an insight as to what course of action she might revert to "keep a safe distance...mood is cruel...nature dangerous...her will fierce and intractable". ...read more.

Middle

"This one day let me stay...make provisions for my sons...show some pity: you are a father too". This has now allowed Medea to implement her plans, and it now seems definite that she will take some sort of retribution "today three of my enemies I shall strike dead: father, daughter and my husband". If we are not convinced by now that there is the possibility of her killing at least one person then her thoughts and actions a while later should strengthen the argument: "should I set fire to the house?...drive a sharp knife through their guts...the best is the direct way...to kill by poison". However, it still seems like threats that she could possibly fulfil, but it is not certain. When we first meet Jason he seems pompous and cocky and not a lot of sympathy is felt towards him. It is at this stage that the reader might truly feel sorry for Medea and sees what she has had to deal with. Once he has left, she is enraged, and her manner towards him was very aggressive and unrelenting, she vows that she will wreck his marriage "God uphold my words...your marriage day will end with marriage lost, loathing and horror left". ...read more.

Conclusion

* She decides that killing his wife and sons that "this is the way to deal Jason the deepest blow". She is no longer thinking of killing him, but making him live with pain and suffering just like he has made her endure. After hearing this proclamation the chorus plead that she doesn't kill her children but she is determined that that is the way to go. Shortly Jason appears, from Media's command and she begins to sweet talk him, into accepting the gift she has to offer him, and to let her sons stay with him. She uses her charm to sway him and her whole manner is a lot nicer than the tone she used before; "Children, greet your father as I do...and love him as your mother does". Eventually she persuades him and she sends the gifts for the princess in a casket with them to the palace. Jason takes the boys off with the tutor and the chorus sing about their unhappiness for her sons, and of the fate that awaits the princess. So Media's plans are complete and she has already performed the first stage of them. ...read more.

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