Medea Study Questions:
and Images for the Medea
- How does Euripides characterize Medea in this play? Does she seem
like a typical Greek woman? Is she a sympathetic figure? How might the
audience have reacted to her? How does, or
doesn't, Medea fit into Corinthian society? How does her position differ
- How does Euripides characterize Jason in this play? Does he seem like
a typical Greek hero? What are his reasons for the new marriage? What
are his attitudes toward Medea and his
children? Is he a sympathetic figure? How might the audience have reacted
- What are Medea's reasons for killing her children? Is this an easy
choice for her? What are the factors that contribute to this decision?
Why does she decide to kill Jason's bride as well? What do you make
of the messenger speech? What sort of picture does it present of the
young bride? What sort of picture does it present of Medea? How does
the chorus react to this speech? Do their sympathies for Medea change?
If so, at what point? How do you feel about Jason at the end of the
Does he deserve the fate he receives? Finally, how is Medea
presented at the end of the play? What kind of resolution is this?