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An Ideal Woman

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The story of Medea's marriage is told in the prologue by Medea's aged Nurse and given a new perspective in the first episode by Medea herself. Medea has lived as Jason's wife, borne and reared his children, been in charge of his household and tried to build up his estate and prospects in various ways especially through her relationships with other women. She has lived through the stages of a woman's life from daughter and sister to wife and mother. When the play opens she is no longer a wife. When it closes she is no longer a mother. What she had been and could have been and how much distortion in all her relationships is caused by the loss of her status as Jason's wife, along with the political implications of this change, is the subject of this chapter.

Keywords: Jason; Medea; political implications

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