After Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece, he and his foreign wife and the mother of his children, Medea, have arrived in Corinth. The Nurse confronts the grief-stricken Medea, who has been in crazed mourning since Jason agreed to marry the Corinthian princess, Glauce. Medea begins plotting her revenge against Jason and the Corinthian royal family. King of Corinth, Creon, father of Glauce, anticipates Medea’s rage and commands she leave Corinth and go into exile. Medea, already plotting, begs him for one more day in Corinth to make appropriate plans, and Creon reluctantly grants her wish. Medea confides in the Chorus of Corinthian Women, who support her but question her plans and fear harm will come to her and her children.
Jason attempts to explain to Medea the political gain of his marriage to the Corinthian princess. Medea reminds Jason of all that she has done for him, including killing her own father to help him win the Fleece. She reminds him that she abandoned her own home,
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