TIME, SPACE, AND SYMBOL IN IPHIGENIE. BY JOHN C. LAPP. RACINE is generally conceded to have observed more closely than any of his contemporaries. In fact, Racine’s treatment of the Aulis episode in his Iphigénie is very sparing of references to that episode’s antecedents as established by the mythological. For more information, please contact [email protected] Repository Citation. Ekstein, N. (). The destabilization of the future in Racine’s Iphigénie. French .

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Achille appears to inform Agamemnon rxcine his good news and of the high priest Calchas’ predictions of favourable winds. 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. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

He limits the number of characters and reduces the amount of action that takes place ipgigenie the stage. Aug 06, David Sarkies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In this story Abraham, after waiting a very long rafine and growing to an age that nobody could consider him to be fit to have a child, gives birth or his wife does to a son.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Racine twists the story so that the sacrifice is still offered but the ending is different. There is only one other Greek king that plays a major role in the play: By using this radine, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A questo punto della tragedia lo spettatore non lo sa, per cui percepisce sarcasmo oscuro dietro le battute veloci della fine del secondo atto. Clytemenestre entrusts her daughter to Achille and rushes off to petition the king.

Appeals are made to the gods.


This is a play well worth reading, I wish I could read it in French! Gabriel Conroy rated it liked it Jul 31, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment rcaine In turn Clytemnestre vents her wrath upon Agamemnon, condemning his barbarity and inhumanity in being so easily swayed to spill his innocent daughter’s blood. Even though she committed a sin, I really felt for her. For other uses, see Iphigenia disambiguation. During the 17th century, the legend of Iphigenia was popular amongst playwrights.

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The Songs of the Kings. Yes, and yet we are not over it. The love triangle between Achilles, Iphigenia and Eriphile was also poorly executed, I didn’t feel that Eriphiles feelings were believable, she didn’t seem to love Achilles as she claimed. Iphigenia is the strong, beloved daughter and tragic heroine. The extreme passions expressed stand in stark contrast to the restricted setting and highly structured verse.

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My favorite character was Eriphile, btw. Achilles is also torn because he has been betrothed to Iphigeneia, but he also wants the glory of going to war against the Trojans. In the play Arcas relates to Clytemnestra that at the moment of Iphigenia’s sacrifice. Apr 28, Dorottya rated it really liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat I read this in an evening catching up on my European theatre class for university and out of the 3 plays we were studying for this unit on paper this should have been my favourite.

It would be very easy to do so if I were willing to sacrifice common sense.

She decides to reveal everything she has heard in order to sow more trouble and discord, thus averting the threat hanging over Troy. Agamemnon is shown as a caring father but weak man, Uly This is a retelling of the tragic destiny of Iphigenia the start of the fall of the House of Atreus in Greek myth.


Racine was clearly pleased with this solution which allowed him to take messy bit of mythology and a rambling and outdated dramatic form and fuse them together to create a tight and tense work of French classicism.

Gassner brings up another important characteristic of the romanesque, the role of chance. Also, Iphigenia’s reactions seem really authentic for her approximate age. Clytemnestre is beside herself with grief and despair, conjuring up the god of thunder at the end of her apocalyptic invocations.

Eriphile then stabbed herself on the altar, her death being immediately followed by a cosmic cataclysm: I read this in an raine catching up on my European theatr At drama A level I spent just over a year studying Greek theatre and its tropes. The other thing I should note with this play is the political undertones that are evident.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

View all 5 comments. The lost painting of Timanthus from Ancient Greece copied in a first-century fresco in Pompeii was one of the most celebrated representations of the sacrifice of Iphigenia from antiquity, to which CiceroQuintillianValerius Maximus and Pliny the Elder all made reference.

Racine himself was aware of this issue but refused to give in. He closely follows the classical unities of time, place and action and even takes them to extremes, sometimes limited to a single room and the play unfolds in real time.