En , Phèdre, la dernière grande tragédie de Racine, met en scène la mythique descente aux enfers d’une incomprise. Vouée au malheur par son hérédité. About Jean Racine: Jean-Baptiste Racine was a French dramatist, one of the big three of 17th century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and one. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 6 by Jean Racine. Phaedra by Jean Racine. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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In he was elected to the French Academyover which he came to exert almost dictatorial powers. Despite being written in the s, to this day it is still an enjoyable, gripping story that’s relatively easy to follow. View all 19 comments. The school was steeped in the austere Roman Catholic reform movement that came to be known as Jansenismwhich had recently been condemned by the church as heretical.

Jul 25, Kalliope rated it it was amazing Shelves: Love and hate, faithfulness and betrayal, hope and despair, Phaedra, rcine tragedy by Racine Racine — This play by Racine is based on Phedre by Euripides, not modified in its content, but provided with brilliant dialogs in the French language, in order to bring this classic tragedy alive on the stage of a theatre.

Phaedra by Jean Racine

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At Port-Royal, he excelled in his studies of the Classics and the themes of Greek and Roman mythology would play large roles in his future works.

Overcome by rage, Theseus banishes Hippolytus and invokes the god Neptunewho has promised to grant any wish of Theseus, to avenge him by racune son’s death. Why would anybody worship a god like that I don’t know, but it probabl A pretty brutal love triangle 12 August This is apparently Racine’s last play before he gave up the theatre scene to return to a religious life within the Jansenist sect. It is now one of the most frequently staged tragedies from the seventeenth century.


Fortunately for us, we don’t have to believe that God is actually like that, but that is another story for another time. Voltaire called it racinne masterpiece of the human mind. Love and hate, faithfulness and betrayal, hope and despair, friendship and jealousy, arrogance and submission, suicide and death.

The death of Theseus is announced with the news that his succession is in dispute. And phedree in her jealous rage, she doesn’t really blame Aricia either. When I looked at the footnote, I discovered that they were in fact close relatives. You will find here no filler scenes, no unnecessary characters, no gimmicks.

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Want to Read saving…. Archived from the original on The place is no place, but just an enclosing undefined lieu that traps the tragic heroes and heroines in their own disarrays. In Racine remained with the theme of the search for truth amid illusion and misrepresentation in Mithridatewhich featured a return to tragedy with a Roman background. I should add that, sadly, this is the only filmed production of a Racine play that I have been able to find. Theseus invokes the aid of the god Neptune to slay his son, who is torn apart when his own horses are frightened by a monster Neptune dispatches out of the sea.

This one just left me with the impression that Racine is best appreciated in French, and while I think that his work should be better-known in the UK and US this translation just leaves me a bit cold.

Phèdre by Jean Racine

Mithradates VI, the king of Pontus, is the aging, jealous rival of his sons for the Greek princess Monime. What a powerful tragedy about forbidden phddre

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Sep 16, N. The play is set pherre Epirus after the Trojan War. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Early life and career. And, when she is ejan to disclose it, she speaks with such embarrassment that it is clear that her crime is a punishment of the gods rather than an urge flowing rqcine her own will. It seems the desire of receiving something in return, of awakening in the other any sentiment – even hate – is better than to go on unnoticed for receiving indifference back would be too harshas if it would be easier to transform that sentiment into love than to generate a brand new feeling from scratch.


I get that French drama of Racine’s age generally involved a love plot, but I think having Hippolytus fall in love fundamentally alters the character, and makes it hard to understand why he needs to be horribly killed why in cosmic terms, that is.

And so it goes with the art of translation. And it is this play, which he knew in its entirety by heart, that he has associated to his fictional actress La Berma and which figures in La recherche repeatedly. In order to hide this incestuous love, she has long been pretending to hate Hippolyte. Both of these throw up red flags for me.

By this time Racine had achieved remarkable success both in the theatre and through it; his plays were ideally suited for dramatic expression and were also a useful vehicle for his social aspirations.

I had been expecting a dignified dame whose august and rqcine body carried the full weight of suffering in a stately manner. Corneille and Racine use of alexandrine In prosody: My translation phwdre the standard English version of the characters’ names, instead of the French ones phdere Racine used. Basically the story involves the son of Theseus Hippolytus and the second wife of Theseus Phaedre didn’t happen to be Hippolytus’ mother.