The Nurse's opening prologue to Medea serves to quickly inform the audience about the details leading up to the main action of the play. A lot of background information is presented in this opening which takes the form of a dramatic lament, followed by the foreshadowing of the terrible deeds to come.
First, we learn who the major characters are going to be. We get a little refresher on the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece. We learn what role Medea played in the story, namely that she convinced Pelias' daughters to commit patricide, one of the greatest taboos in Ancient Greek culture. In this, we learn that Medea is not above the idea of murdering family members to serve a purpose.
Jason and Medea have arrived in Corinth as refugees. We also learn that the marriage between Medea and Jason has soured. Where once there was love, all that remains is hate. This is going to be the driving force of the play. The Nurse tells the audience that Jason and Medea no longer share a bed and that Jason is...
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