Medea and Electra Fifth Episode: Medea, Tutor, and Children Summary and Analysis

Euripides

Fifth Episode: Medea, Tutor, and Children Summary and Analysis

Summary
The Tutor returns with the children and the news that they have been released from exile. Medea receives this news glumly, telling the Tutor that her mood is caused by sadness at the pending separation from her sons.

Left alone with her children in front of the female company of Nurse and Chorus, Medea vacillates between carrying out her plans and changing her mind. Twice she decides she cannot bear to murder them, and twice she renews her commitment to do so. In the end, she decides it is better for them to die at her hands than at the hands of her enemies, in revenge for her poisoning of the princess.

The Chorus then muses on the reasons for the desire to have children, when they bring...

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