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Events / Sixth Episode & Sixth Choral Ode
Medea Sixth Episode & Sixth Choral Ode Summary
A Messenger runs in. Panicked, he tells Medea to run. The Princess and Creon are both dead. Medea is tickled pink and asks the Messenger to tell her every grisly detail The Messenger launches into the story: He talks about how excited all the servants were when the boys showed up. They were all glad that there was peace between Medea and Jason. At first, the princess was all snobby towards them, but then Jason talked her into letting the boys stay. Medea's presents sealed the deal. Jason and the children left the house, thinking everything was cool. The Princess was all about the gifts. She put the gown and diadem on and pranced around the palace looking at herself in the mirror. Then things got ugly. Her skin changed color, her eyeballs bulged, and she started foaming at the mouth. The princess shrieked in pain. The diadem caught fire and the gossamer gown ate away her flesh. Her whole body caught fire and clots of blood dripped from her. She ran around until she finally collapsed with pain. Her flesh dripped from her bones. Then Creon showed up. The King was stricken with grief and grabbed his daughter's flaming body. He caught fire too, and, before you knew it, his flesh was also bubbling from his bones. Before too long two ghastly corpses were lying on the palace floor. The Messenger tells Medea that she'd best have a good escape route. Before taking his leave he observes that there's no such thing as a happy human being. The Chorus Leader says she feels bad for the princess. Now Medea says that it's time to kill her sons. She tells herself that they'd be killed anyway after the assassination. It's better that it be by her hand. Media pushes down her feelings of motherly love and enters the house to murder them. Sixth Choral Ode The Chorus prays to the Sun and the Earth to stop the murders. They ask if there was any point in the boys being born at all and observe that people who kill their own family will be haunted forever.
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