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Medea’s Exit

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Interest in the staging of deus ex machina of Euripides' Medea has typically focused on the impressive revelation of Medea as something more than mortal as she appears on high in the chariot of Sun to mock her husband. This chapter focuses on detail of the staging of deus ex machina scene, the precise moment of Medea's departure. It argues for the viability of second possible staging of the ending of play that has Medea remain on stage while Jason makes his final prayer. It then argues that there is no reason that necessitates the first reading or forbids the second, before supplying a new thesis about the end of the play that gives positive support for second staging. The chapter suggests that Medea stays on stage for Jason's final words because it is her silence that reflects her position of power over him at the end of the play.

Keywords: deus ex machina; Euripides; first reading; Jason; Medea; second staging



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