Pay attention to Medea’s speech to the Chorus on pages 8-9. Identify the main idea/argument Medea makes in this speech. [The speech starts with the line “Women of Corinth, I have come outside to you” and ends with “No other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood.”]

Here are several close reading prompts to help you to read the play more attentively. I recommend taking notes as you read the play and also think about these topics:

1) Pay attention to Medea’s speech to the Chorus on pages 8-9. Identify the main idea/argument Medea makes in this speech. [The speech starts with the line “Women of Corinth, I have come outside to you” and ends with “No other soul can hold so many thoughts of blood.”]

2) Read carefully pages 15-20 where a dialogue between Jason and Medea takes place. [The dialogue begins with the line “This is not the first occasion I have noticed” (15) and ends with “You will make the kind of marriage you will regret” (20)].

What do you learn from this exchange between husband and wife? Based on what you learned from this dialogue and the argument they each put forth, if you had to choose, who would you side with–Jason or Medea? Is Medea justified in her fury or is she being unreasonable if we see the situation from Jason’s point of view.

3) Read pages 21-25 and reflect on the terms of the agreement Medea makes with Aegeus. What do you think about Medea’s strategy here? Does she live up to her reputation as a master manipulator of language?

4) Read pages 25-28. What is the topic of the conversation here between Medea and the Chorus? Also, reflect on the role the Chorus plays in this play in scenes like this. What do you think is the function of the Chorus?

5) Read carefully all the lines of the monologue by the CHORUS in Euripides’ Medea that starts on page 35 with the line “Often before” and ends on page 36 with the line “This most terrible grief of all?”

What is the subject of this monologue? Simply put, what is the Chorus talking about here? Why does the Chorus feel the need to say these things and what is the point the Chorus is making here in light of what happens in the play related to the subject of this monologue.

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