When I first read this play, I was blown away. Let me tell you about the
play. Medea is the wife of Jason. You probably recall Jason as the retriever
of the golden fleece, which made Jason a rich man in ancient Greece.
Well, Medea was the daughter of the king who owned the fleece. She fell in
love with Jason, killed her own brother, and betrayed her father to steal the
fleece for Jason. Of course, Jason married her and carried her back to Greece.
This play resumes 15 years later. Jason, is now older, much richer, and more powerful.
Jason and Medea have two young sons together. Now, Jason
decides to throw Medea over for a much younger women. Is this ungrateful or what,
after all Medea has done for Jason? This is also big problems for Medea on several
levels. First, she will be penniless -- no community propery or alimony in Greece.
Second, she feels emotionally betrayed after all she did.
At first, she threatens revenge. Jason's father, the king, tells her to leave the
country, as he doesn't want Jason or the grandkids harmed. So, Medea calls it and
acts contrite. But, she tricks everyone and poisons the kids and Jason's new wife.
She might even get to Jason, I don't remember. In the end, she just kills herself.
The theme in modern terms: payback's a bitch, ain't it?