Why does Medea think it is necessary to kill her sons to get revenge on Jason?

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Medea kills the children to spite Jason. The core focus of the play is on the fact that Jason is going to marry a Greek princess, and Medea, who is a foreigner, will be relegated to “mistress” status—her children by Jason would presumably also be illegitimate once the new marriage is contracted, although this is not stated outright. Medea is furious because she helped Jason significantly during his travails with the Golden Fleece, but Jason's only response is that he has to marry a Greek woman, so unfortunately this cannot be Medea. She replies that she’s left everything—family, homeland, language, gods—to be with Jason, and he’s casting her aside without ceremony. Jason effectively tells her to calm down and get over it.

In response, then, Medea feels she can only punish Jason properly by taking everything away from him in order to impress upon him her feeling that everything has been taken from her. She achieves this by poisoning his new wife, murdering his children (whom...

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