To what extent can the character of Medea be considered an outsider and a barbarian in Medea?

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The character of Medea in this play is very quickly established as a figure who is both an outsider in that she does not belong in Corinth, and also as a barbarian through the extent of her passions and how she is willing to act on them. Note how in the opening speech of the play, the Nurse describes her mistress as having forsaken her father, her land and her home for the love of Jason:

...all alone she moans the name
Of father, and land, and home, forsook that day
For this man's sake, who casteth her away.

It is clear that Media sacrificed her homeland and family to follow Jason out of love, and now Jason has responded by leaving her for a better...

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