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Justification Essay

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The scene from Medea’s Children that I chose to adapt is the divorce scene. The dramatic conflict that I chose to focus on is Little Jason’s want to understand what’s going on, but not being given any straight answers, if any answers at all. In this scene, Little Jason asks Jason and Medea what divorce is, but they pay no attention to him. He asks Little Medea, who gives him an assortment of situations that she describes as “divorce”, including divorcing one’s spit, running back and forth between a doll and herself, or splitting up space and possessions. This scene is very important to the overall story, because it starts to build the characters’ foundations, as well as sets up Little Jason’s dramatic conflict over the course of the play. Little Jason wants to know what divorce is, but Jason and Medea ignore his attempts to understand, and Little Medea fills his head with nonsense.
The first thing I did to start to demonstrate the parents’ inattentiveness is through the staging and costumes. The nurse and children’s rooms are relatively ordered, and their clothing is clean. This begins to demonstrate, from the very moment that the curtains open, that things on the modern side try to stay ordered and logical. When something falls out of place, it is put back where it belongs. On the contrary, the classical staging is a bit of a mess. It isn’t a mess that appears uninhabited, but rather a mess stemming from a distinct lack of effort. It is clear that people still live in the classical staging, but it is equally clear that the people living there don’t take the time to take care of their things. This trend of neglect continues to their interaction with Little Jason, when they completely ignore his questions on divorce, and don’t take the time to take care of his needs. Jason and Medea’s clothing also maintain this idea of ignorance, as they are equally unkempt. Again, the clothing isn’t absolutely destroyed, but simply highlighting a high level of apathy in Jason and Medea’s lives. The nurse’s area is kept tidier, similar to the modern plane, which shows the audience that the nurse is more influential on the children than the parents. Although the children ignore her at the beginning of the play, by the end of the play they realize how much they want her to be in their lives. The similarities in staging and costume between the nurse’s area and the modern plane, like the bookshelves, colors, and tidiness, foreshadow that the children will ultimately be on the same side as the nurse, rather than Jason and Medea’s side.
The costumes and staging show Jason and Medea’s apathy towards their home life, and the added interactions between Little Jason and his parents are concrete demonstrations of their relative inability to parent their son. When Little Jason tries to ask his father about divorce, Jason responds by ignoring the question and tossing Little Jason in the air. While the distraction strategy works for children who have bumped their knee, it is...

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