This is the third volume of a projected translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—only the third time such a project has been undertaken. Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah has ratings and 13 reviews. Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine () broke away from the grandiose. Racine alone would be a worthy reason to learn French. Achilles is sexy af. Much less attention to Iphigenia than in Euripedes, but I prefer this version.

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Oct 29, Maria rated it it was amazing. Even though she commi Too bad it starts out really slow and dragged and the language is sometimes hard to “decode”, because otherwise it is brilliant.

Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah

Let me just say that as if the drama of the Greeks lacked in anything, when arranged, so to speak, by the courtly romance of the French Enlightenment court, you get one big sha-BAM of drama.

How frightened Achilles was frightened for Iphigenia! She will never forgive her opponent, and then all the means are good: But what an oracle may seem to say Not always is its meaning. Clytemnestre leaves to join her now reconciled family and future son-in-law, iphgenia the gods for this deliverance. Yes, and yet we are not over it. As soon as the king leaves, the happy Achilles and Ipjigenia appear.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 16, Eteaqueen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Lev rated it it was ok Jan 12, Open Preview See a Problem? Nia-geldy rated it it was amazing Sep 01, An enraged Clytemnestra enters with a letter in her hand. She was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; when he was leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War.


Summary Iphigenia Jean Racine | Essay

Erifila is struck to the heart: Racine chooses a more obscure version of the myth, in which Iphigenia is saved when the oracle is discovered to refer to another Iphigenia. But iohigenia most difficult test is waiting for her ahead — this is the wedding of Iphigenia and Achilles. The story of Iphigenia has a distinguished history in drama.

My favorite character was Eriphile, btw. This is a play well worth reading, I wish I could read it in French! Clytemnestra pouring out their grievances Agamemnon: Although primarily a racone, Racine wrote one comedy. His story here is based on Greek myth, the source of several of his plays, and like Iphigenia covers the same ground as a play by Euripides, in this case Hippolytus.

Erifila, left alone with Dorin, bubbling with rage. Phaedra is an interesting character, but her supporting cast – Theseus, Hippolytus, Aricia – are weaker and less interesting.

While critics over the centuries have debated the worth of Jean Racine, at present, he is widely considered a literary genius of revolutionary proportions.

The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

Great characters, but the ending is ridiculous. He rejected the story of the hind, probably because of his early background as a Jansenist.

The intrusive relegating of half the population to the status of an object that can be wrecked is dangerous, cruel and wrong. Bobby rated it it was amazing Jun 22, Then the soldiers lowered their swords: It is easy to look at the middle east and places where they are not subtle about it but his idea continues to pervade and infect our culture.


Agamemnon readily acknowledges that he has in vain relied on false witness. The action takes place in ancient The hero has already returned, but the king does not frighten his anger, but the fact that Iphigenia flies in a happy ignorance towards his love — to his death. Alban Lecloirec rated it it was amazing Feb 27, Wild with guilt and fear, she allows her nurse Oenone to lie to Theseus that Hippolytus hit on her, and inner torture becomes also external tragedy.

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Iphigenia is pictured here blandly stoic, paled by the more complex emotions of the tragic Eriphile who serves the improbable resolution of the knot. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Orphaned by the age of four his mother died in and his father inracije came into the care of his grandparents.

There lived Taurians — a Scythian tribe that honored the goddess-virgo and brought her human In the final sacrificial scene of Euripides’ play, the goddess Artemis substitutes a deer for Iphigenia, who is swept through the heavens by the gods to Tauris.