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Chorus Role In Medea Essay

825 words - 4 pages

The Chorus influences our response to Medea and her actions in both a positive and negative manner. The Chorus, a body of approximately fifteen Corinthian women who associate the audience with the actors, is able to persuade and govern us indirectly through sympathy for what has been done to Medea, a princess of Colchis and the victim of her husband’s betrayal of love for another woman. The Chorus also lead us to through sympathy for Medea to accept her decision of taking revenge on princess Glauce and Jason. On the other hand the Corinthian women influence us and our responses towards Medea negatively by pleading to her when she decides to kill the children later in the story.

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In the scene where Medea has reached a dead end and has no-where and no-one to turn to the Chorus says.
“Medea, poor Medea! Your grief touches our hearts. A wanderer, where can you turn? To what welcoming house? To what protecting land? How wild with dread and danger is the sea where the gods have set your course!” (Page 28)
The Chorus explains to us that Medea has nothing to lose, that her situation is bleak and in some way forces us to feel sorry for Medea and to favour her.
After the scene where Medea and Jason argue, the Chorus speaks more of Medea’s hopeless situation.
“Dragging out an intolerable life in desperate helplessness! That is the most pitiful of all griefs; death is better. Should such a day come to me I pray for death first.” (Page 36)
The group of Corinthian women prefer death rather than exist through Medea’s situation. They move us to pity Medea.
“You, Medea, have suffered the most shattering of blows…” (Page 37)
Here we are brought to attention that Medea has been dealt the harshest of blows and we agree with the Chorus’ words, another example of the Chorus convincingly influences our views.

While the Chorus influence us to consider Medea positively they also influence us negatively. The Corinthian women plead to Medea to rethink her...

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