Why does Creon fear Medea in Euripides' Medea?

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Creon fears Medea because he senses that the latter will take revenge upon him, his daughter Glauce, and his new son-in-law, Jason (formerly Medea's husband). Above all, Creon fears that Medea will reserve her greatest malice for Glauce, his daughter. 

As he speaks to Medea, Creon also reveals his deep distrust of silent, clever women. It is clear that he prefers women to be overt in expressing their emotions; he is adept at responding to such displays of feminine wrath. However, a silent woman who keeps her emotions under control is to be feared because her plans for evil are hidden from him. Creon believes that Medea is a silent, dangerous woman. Therefore, he resolves to banish her from the country.

However, the wily Medea is not to be bested. She placates Creon by telling him that he acted in "good sense" when he married Glauce to Jason. By speaking thus, Medea appeals to Creon's masculine pride. When Creon holds his ground, Medea appeals to Creon's paternal inclinations. She suspects...

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