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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Irritated Agamemnon is already ready to condemn the daughter to the slaughter — otherwise people might think that he was afraid of Achilles. The poetry, as conveyed through John Cairncross’ translation, is dramatic and moving.
When an unprecedented calm pinned down the Greek ships in the harbor, the brothers of Atrida turned to the priest Kalkhas and he shouted the will of the gods: He forms the catalyst of the whole mission, and is also the key to Agamemnon’s power: Is it time to get over this? Is this to be a father? And “Athaliah” portrays a ruthless pagan queen, who defies Jehovah in her desperate attempt to keep the throne of Jerusalem from its legitimate heir.
Mike rated it liked it Mar 06, She struggles valiantly against the passion, and only confesses her love to him when she received news of Theseus’ death.
Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah by Jean Racine
Iphifenia, particularly, do not fare well in Racine: Iphigenia gropes to his father, trying to understand the cause of his apparent embarrassment and coldness. At the death of his grandfather inhis grandmother, Marie des Moulins, went to live in the convent of Port-Royal and took her grandson with her. One could also argue that this was simply an excuse to get rid of a troublesome husband and raacine Clytemnestra’s lover to take over the mantle of kingship.
Racine chooses a more obscure version of the myth, in which Iphigenia is saved when the oracle is discovered to refer to another Iphigenia. Jean Racine is considered the greatest of French tragic dramatists.
Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah
Appeals are made to the gods. It is not threatened from within by internecine conflict and hate, but from without, and bilaterally: Clytemnestra announces, that he will not give his daughter and will fight for her, as a lioness for iphigenix child.
Rationalising the Greek legends 7 August Anybody who is familiar with the Ancient Greek plays will know that this iphigeniaa a modern retelling of the story of Euripides Iphigeneia at Aulis.
While the psychological study of Phaedra is interesting and very poetically expressed, her character rather overbalances the play. I admire these plays more than I like them. Does Helen then, for whom such jealous fires Were kindled, curse of Europe and of Asia, Seem worthy of thine efforts to regain her?
Apr 19, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it. The Jansenists were a strict group of Catholics; among their beliefs was the idea that it should require the eye of faith to perceive a miracle; to those lacking such iphitenia eye, it should appear to be a natural event.
Phaedra epitomises a Jansenist believe that grace, the forgiveness of sins, could not be earned or bought, but was apportioned by God to some and not to others as he saw fit: I wonder whether, in producing this play, Racine is causing his audience to remember this Bible event which no doubt the audience would be much more familiar.
Since for the first half of iphigeia play it is only Agamemnon among the principals who knows racihe the threat to his daughter, it is he who must contend with the fatal injunction.
Summary Iphigenia Jean Racine
May 10, Jee Koh rated it really liked it. Racine twists the story so that the sacrifice is still offered but the ending is different.
All ways for escape are closed. Jun 19, Steve Gordon rated it it was amazing.
Theseus is a playboy, Neptune used as his personal hitman, and Aphrodite seems a spiteful cursing wench, and even Phaedra, the granddaughter of Apollo, goes mad with lust and jealousy. A questo punto della tragedia lo spettatore non lo sa, per cui percepisce sarcasmo oscuro dietro le battute veloci della fine del secondo atto. Thomas rated it it was amazing May 19, Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides.
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The problem with this play is that there is a happy ending, which no doubt would have impressed the original audience who were probably not that familiar with the story, in the same way most of us moderns are not familiar either.
The French hexameter is rendered in iambic pentameter, giving such beautiful lines to Ravine In Iphigenia, by contrast, the family is not dysfunctional: An enraged Clytemnestra enters with a letter in her hand. Included iphigenla the streets, and Clytemnestra screams with horror — Iphigenia is dead!
Shennety rated it really liked it Sep 03, With Clytemnestra and Iphigenia, a young captive of Eryphilus is traveling, who wants to ask the priest of Kalkhas about his fate.
Jun ipgigenia, Elizabeth rated it liked it.