The Question and Answer section for Medea is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Jason leaves Medea for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea finds herself with little left and nowhere to go. She kills Jason's new wife and children.
A person's city-state was home and protector; to wander, without friends or shelter, was considered to be a fate as horrible as death. Medea, for the sake of her husband, has made herself an exile. She is far from home, without family or friends...
The nurse describes Medea's reaction as one of shock and anger. She says that she fears Medea may do something awful "for her heart is violent".