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Who is the most tragic character in Euripdes' story 'Medea'?

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  • Submitted: 22/10/2003
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Catherine Spillman 12D

WHO IS THE MOST TRAGIC CHARACTER IN EURIPDES' STORY 'MEDEA'?

Medea is the story of an estranged woman who wishes to seek revenge on her husband (who has left her for another woman) by poisoning his new wife. This, however, is made more difficult when the King of the land, Creon, tells Medea to leave, mainly because he is scared of her. She appeals to him for one more day to sort things out, and uses persuasion by making him feel pity for her when she says "This one day let me stay, to settle some plans for my exile...since their own father is not concerned to help them. Show some pity: you are a father too...their fate is very hard".

Medea tells the Chorus, a group of women from Corinth that this one day is all she needs to get her revenge.

Jason visits Medea and offers to give her money for her and her sons but she proudly refuses it. He leaves, feeling smug that he has what he wants.

Aegeus, king of Athens and old friend of Medea's, enters. Aegeus is childless. Medea tells him of

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