Medea and Electra Final Episode and Exodos Questions and Answers

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Final Episode and Exodos Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is Jason’s entrance in this scene another example of dramatic irony at work?

2. Why is Jason trying to find his children?

3. Where does Medea appear in this scene?

4. Why is Medea protected while in the chariot?

5. Where are the children?

6. Which of Medea’s previous crimes does Jason choose to illustrate her wickedness?

7. How does Medea reply to Jason’s accusations?

8. Who does Medea maintain “began this agony”?

9. Why does Medea deny Jason’s request to take the boys’ bodies?

10. How does Medea prophesy Jason will die?

Answers
1. Jason’s entrance contains a measure of dramatic irony because he does not yet know, as we do, that the sons he is seeking are already dead. His unawareness is short–lived, however.

2. He fears, as does Medea, that the Corinthians will kill them in revenge for Medea’s murder of their king and princess.

3. Although there are no explicit stage directions, it is clear from her words that she is in her chariot. It is traditionally held that this would have been placed on the roof of the outdoor playing area, a space called the theologeion, or “stage of the gods.”

4. The chariot was a gift to her from her grandfather, the sun god, given to her especially for her protection. No one can harm her while she is within it.

5. Medea has brought their bodies with her into the chariot.

6. Jason refers to her murder of her brother during her escape with Jason from Colchis.

7. She replies that the gods are witnesses to the reasons for actions, and that her victims were not fated to go on living—and laughing—at her expense.

8. She places the blame securely on Jason’s shoulders.

9. She fears their graves will be dug up by her enemies.

10. He will be crushed to death by a rotting timber from his ship, the Argo.