Midnight’s Children

Medea – Lines 130-213

Summary The chorus, composed of Corinthian women, turns towards the house and addresses Medea. They try to reason with Medea and convince her that suicide would be an overreaction. The fickleness of a husbands love is an ordinary occurrence; rather than merit self-torment, it should be dealt with and forgotten. Still within the palace walls, …

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Medea – Lines 214-447

Summary Restraining her grief and displaying self-control, Medea emerges from her house to address the chorus in a long speech. She begins by condemning those who are quick to judge silent people without first learning their true character. Continuing in this vein of abstract dissertation, Medea laments the contemptible state of women: they are forced …

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Medea – Lines 448-660

Summary Jason emerges to rebuke Medea for publicly expressing her murderous intentions. While she grows more caustic, he remains in a balanced frame of mind and even presumes to sympathize with her. Immediately recoiling against his gestures of compassion, which Medea interprets as hypocritical “unmanliness” (line 466), she nevertheless uses the opportunity to tell Jason …

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Medea – Lines 17-130

Summary The nurse testifies to the degree of emotional shock Jasons “betrayal” has sparked in Medea: she refuses to eat and spends her days bed-ridden, pining away her fate, especially her newly-awakened sense of homelessness. The long journey that brought her to Corinth has now left her with nothing. Medeas bitterness grows to such a …

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Medea – Lines 1002-1116

Summary The tutor returns with news that the children are “reprieved from banishment” (line 1002) and that Jasons bride has warmly accepted Medeas gifts. The children no longer have any enemies in the city. Recoiling in horror, Medea admonishes herself, “How Cruel! How Cruel!” (line 1009). The tutor fails to understand her negative reaction to …

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