What is the difference between Medea and the other women in the play?

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Two women other than Medea also play significant roles in the play: Glauce, Jason’s second wife, and the Nurse. There is also a chorus, composed of women of Corinth.

In Medea, Euripides has taken a mythical sorceress and created one of the most powerful, human-seeming tragic heroines of all time. Out of sympathy for Jason’s plight, Medea had helped him gain a priceless treasure and escape from sure death; in the process, she set aside loyalty to her father and killer her brother, leaving behind her own home. She also furthered Jason’s fortunes by arranging for his father’s death. Jason, alas, has not only gone back on his word and scorned the importance of her commitment but also supported Creon’s plan to banish her. The combined emotions of jealousy and rage, fueled by the male characters’ cruel disregard, propel Medea into acts of revenge, murder, and ultimately self-destruction. In killing her children, she not only destroys Jason but herself as they were the people she most...

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