The children’s murder is certainly Medea’s most condemnable action, especially since she does not seem to do everything in her power to spare them from pain, thus diminishing her first motivation’s validity to great extent.
Just like in our society, when the public mask is taken off, what we see is a flawed person – a human – ruled by jealousy and engaging in menial quarrels. Medea seemed to believe that their death was necessary, for two reasons.
One of them is because if she did not kill them, others would – a common theme in literature old and new.
Medea has given up everything and did unthinkable things for her husband, driven by her passion, only to be betrayed.
She showed throughout the play that she was a caring person, who loved her children and showed affection to them even though she killed them in the end.