Medea actions toward the end of the play. Euripides’

Medea develops many new characteristics through her anger after Jason cheats on her. We are introduced to Medea’s internal conflict between following ancient greek roles versus what she believes will justify her situation. At the very beginning of the play, the nurse describes how her emotions overcome her, the nurse says: “She hates her children, does not enjoy seeing them. I’m afraid she may be planning something rash. Her mind is dangerous.” (37). Medea was compassionate and took pride in her children, but when Jason betrayed her, she could not even look at her children nor could she think kind thoughts about them because they reminded her of Jason. Euripides shows the internal conflict between Medea; Medea shows the traditional woman of Greece society by representing a loving and caring mother. Medea states,  “My heart dissolves when I gaze into their bright irises… Why damage them in trying to hurt their father, and only hurt myself twice over?” (39).  Medea knows Jason’s betrayal was wrong beyond all circumstances. She addresses the inequality between both conflicts, Euripides displays how Medea’s internal conflict comes in between her direct motive to ruin Jason for his betrayal. The audience gets a better understanding of Medea’s actions toward the end of the play. Euripides’ use of symbolism and conflict help reveal the problematic circumstances influencing Medea. Euripides makes it quite obvious that Medea is determined and confident about her decision to kill Jason and the princess. In her mind, she sees it necessary to kill Jason’s sons for many reasons. One of the reasons she uses to justify killing the children is because of pragmatism, “I will kill my sons. No one shall take my children from me. When I have made Jason’s whole house a shambles… Let them understand. I am a different kind: dangerous to my enemies, loyal to my friends”( 42).  Medea figures that, “the Corinthians will kill the children anyway, in retaliation for her murder of Creon”(45). Madea’s direct emphasis over Jason’s actions versus her own personal feelings help the audience understand her side rather than Jason’s. Although Medea deals with her internal conflict with the love she still had for her