A crown is a metonym (a kind of metaphor) for rulership. Medea chooses to exact her revenge on Creon and the Princess with a poisoned crown, a crown that represents Creon and Jason's having polluted the royal line with unjust rulership. Creon has earned his death and the loss of his authority by punishing the innocent Medea, who he himself has wronged by encouraging Medea's husband to abandon her and marry Creon's own daughter. Jason has earned his grief by violating his marriage oaths and abandoning his wife and children for the promise of future ruling power.
The Poisoned Crown Quotes in Medea
The Medea quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Poisoned Crown. 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 301-400 Quotes
The direct way is best, the one at which
I am most skilled: I'll poison them.
Lines 901-1000 Quotes
The Poisoned Crown Symbol Timeline in Medea
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Poisoned Crown appears in Medea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.