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Medea Lesson Plan

Introduction to Medea

Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy. It was written during the golden age of plays from Athens. It was first produced in 431 BC and was unique in that it had a strong heroine who had great pride in her womanhood. Many of the themes of Medea continue to resonate in contemporary society; the play has inspired many other playwrights.

In Medea, the audience begins by learning that Jason has left his wife Medea, the protagonist, for another woman. Medea is, understandably, upset about this development. She manipulates several men into unwillingly and unknowingly helping her take revenge on her husband. She convinces King Creon to give her a couple extra days in Corinth before she is banished...

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