The Chorus is composed of a group of Corinthian women who have assembled outside of 's house because of the loud wailing and lamentation they have overheard coming from it. In many cases the Chorus can be taken as standing in for the audience of the play—reacting as the audience would (and in doing so subtly guiding the audience in its own reactions). The chief difference, of course, is that the Chorus participates in the action and dialogue.
The Chorus Quotes in Medea
The Medea quotes below are all either spoken by The Chorus or refer to The Chorus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Cambridge University Press edition of Medea published in 1999.).
Lines 101-200 Quotes
Tell us, Nurse. At the gate I heard [Medea]
Crying inside the house.
I don't like to see the family suffering.
I sympathize with them.
Lines 301-400 Quotes
The Chorus Character Timeline in Medea
The timeline below shows where the character The Chorus appears in Medea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...be forced through extremes as Medea has. The middle course, the Nurse comments, is best. The Chorus of Corinthian women enters, and speaks for the first time, saying it heard Medea crying. (full context)
...without women and women shouldn't exist at all. Then, he says, life would be happy. The Chorus responds by saying Jason speaks well, but that he has acted wrongly and betrayed his... (full context)
...to her plan, there is a choral interlude, not a formal choral ode, in which the Chorus of Corinthian women suggests that women, too, feel inspiration—even if it's lesser than that experienced... (full context)
...can only be more or less fortunate, not happy. His long, expository monologue concludes and the Chorus says that Jason earned this great calamity. It pities the Princess for her attachment to... (full context)