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Symbols in The Medea

Symbols Examples in The Medea:

The Medea


"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.

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