In conflict with this sympathetic undertone (or reinforcing a more negative reading) is medea's barbarian identity, which would antagonize [need quotation to verify] a 5th-century greek audience plot medea is centered on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband.
Medea mourns jason's betrayal at the start of the play, medea is a mess her husband, jason, has married king creon's royal daughter medea's slaves, the nurse and the tutor, worry about what terrible things their mistress might do in retaliation conflict medea gets banished and swears revenge.
In euripides' medea, exile is a past reality, an impending threat, and an internal state medea and jason are exiles before the action of euripides' play begins in the play's backstory, medea was forced to flee from her homeland of clochis for helping jason to secure the golden fleece.
This emotional conflict creates in medea the kind of psychologically complex character for which euripides is celebrated medea's rage also goes beyond anger at jason's betrayal she's mad at the whole of society.
Euripedes' medea opens in a state of conflict jason has abandoned his wife, medea, along with their two children jason has abandoned his wife, medea, along with their two children he hopes to advance his station by remarrying with glauce, the daughter of creon, king of corinth, the greek city where the play is set.