Symbols in Medea

Symbols Examples in Medea:

The Medea 2

"Medea appears on the roof, ..."   (The Medea)

In ancient Greek theater, the actor playing Medea would have been hoisted onto the roof or suspended over the stage using a crane. This same technique was used for actors playing gods in other plays. Medea’s use of the crane symbolizes her goddess-like status. Not only has she defeated Jason and claimed her revenge, she has achieved a divine position by doing so.

"Young lives ever turn from gloom..."   (The Medea)

Medea’s children are introduced as a symbol of innocence. They do not know their mother’s pain and are innocent of the crimes their father has committed.