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funny88 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM via web

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 How does the opinion of the Chorus change during the play concerning Medea's plan for revenge?Explain 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM (Answer #1)

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The Chorus pivots in its emotional reaction to the events of the drama.  At the exposition, the Chorus shows sympathy to the wrongs done to Medea.  They express lament to what has happened to her.  Yet, they move away from Medea when it becomes evident what her plans for revenge entail.  In many respects, the Chorus is the force that tries to pull Medea back from that edge where she loses the support of the Corinthian women by disrespecting the laws and violating the bond of a mother with her children.  It is at this point where the Chorus pulls back and seeks to say that while anger is justified, vengeance against one's social setting and one's children is abhorrent.  However, the ending song of the Chorus is one that cannot explain why Medea did what she did.  It is a song that cannot fully express any potential resolution evident in the drama.  It is here where I think that there is a clear change in how the Chorus comes to express its opinion of Medea, recognizing that it might have been somewhat complicit in what happened by not foreseeing the horrific capacity of the human mind.

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