In Medea, why does Medea ask Jason to persuade Creon to let the children stay in Corinth, even though she already decided to kill them?

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The answer to this interesting question is explained in Medea's speech following her interview with Aegeus in which he promises her sanctuary and swears "by the Sun-god's holy beam and by all the host of heaven" to accept her in his land and to never either send her away or "permit any other, one of my foes maybe, to hale me thence if so he will." Once Aegeus exits with the benediction of the Chorus, Medea reveals her thoughts and plans. First, however, let's clarify exactly who Medea asks Jason to persuade.

Certainly, first she ask Jason to "beg Creon to remit [the children's] banishment." He answers pessimistically by saying he doubts whether he can persuade Creon: "I doubt whether I can persuade him ...." Here, Medea changes tactics, which is her intention and plan all along since she is intent on the murder of the bride. Medea now asks Jason to at least "bid thy wife ask her [father] this boon, to remit the exile of the children." Jason here answers with enthusiasm by...

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