discuss the importance of the messengers detail about the death scene in the play.

before and after the children were killed

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The Messenger enters: the poison has worked. He is shocked by Medea's calmness, and her unwillingness to flee. She entreats him to tell the story of the girl's death, for Medea's pleasure. The Messenger recounts that the girl was not pleased to see the children, but she was won over by the beauty of the gifts. She tried them on soon after Jason left; she was overjoyed by her own appearance, but she soon began to convulse; a nurse, thinking the convulsions a result of diving ecstasy, cried out praises to God. But it soon became clear that the girl was dying. The death was terrible: the diadem seared her with flame, blood and fire oozing from the girls school, and the poison of the dress ripped the girls flesh from her bones. Creon came and clasped the dead body to him, weeping. He cried out pitifully, hyperbolically wishing, as grievers do, that he had died with her. When the old king tried to get up, he found his flesh was stuck to the dress. The poison worked a second time, and he died as his daughter did.