Medea Passage Analysis

Medea Passage Analysis

Medea pages 40 to 43
Beginning with line “O Zeus! O, Justice, daughter of Zeus! O glorious sun!”
Ending with line “Your heart will melt; you will know you cannot”

1). In this passage, Medea is plotting to kill both the princess and her children. The Chorus pleads with Medea to spare her children as she fantasizes over her murderous scheme.
2). The sentences in this passage are typically very long and drawn out to exaggerate the difference in Medea’s and the Chorus’s views on Medea’s plans. The words are mostly full of emotion conveying the intensity of Medea’s passion for her plan.
3). The overall tone of this section is both intensely emotional and agonizingly meticulous.
4). Irony is used to show Medea’s confusion about whether or not to kill her children. The use of rhetorical questions is also used to convey Medea’s confusion and her inner struggle with her sense of self, contemplating suicide and her own sacrifice she is making with the murders. All of these contribute to the emotional tone of the passage. While planning the murder, Medea’s plans for the murder are very detail- oriented and planned out. This shows the meticulous tone of the passage.

Medea pages 56 to 59
Beginning with line “All your care for them is lost! Your love...”
Ending with line “As I loathe yours. Let us make terms and part at once”

1). In these lines, the Chorus is yelling at Medea for wanting to kill her children. They are interrupted by Medea’s children’s’ cries for life. Jason shows up and converses with Medea about her actions and how her feels about her.
2). The sentences are typically short and choppy conveying the emotional diction and the confused state of both Jason and Medea. The use of rhetorical questions is prominent and by using it, magnifies Jason’s growing hatred for Medea.
3). The overall tone of this passage is very melancholy, remorseful, and overall, confusing.
4). The melancholy and remorseful tone is achieved by many elements used by...

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