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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When she discovers that Hippolytus loved the forbidden Aricia, she sets evil plans in motion to spite her lover and his mistress. One could also argue that this was simply an excuse to get rid of a troublesome husband and for Clytemnestra’s lover rafine take over the mantle of kingship.

That of course may be partly the translation. Is Achilles full of determination: The poetry, as conveyed through John Cairncross’ translation, is dramatic and moving.

Although primarily racime tragedian, Racine wrote one comedy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Erifila hesitates for a moment, but jealousy is stronger, and the captive decides to tell Kalkhasa everything.

She decides to reveal everything she has heard in order to sow more trouble and discord, thus averting the threat hanging over Troy.

Iphigénie | work by Racine |

The gods have an Oracle a spokesman for God somewhat self appointed not unlike the many we have now and he declares that Iphigenia must be sacrificed on the altar to please the gods who will then make the wind blow.


Outraged nature Revolts at this perfidious cruelty. What wreck iphigehia ruin till of thy resistance? The faithful Arkas was instructed to take Iphigenia to the altar.

Achille leaves her, still resolved to defend her. I enjoyed this, a more complex plot than Facine other mid-career tragedies, with a good build up and a number of twists and turns. Want to Read saving….

Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah

She struggles valiantly against the passion, and only confesses her love to him when she received news of Theseus’ death. The plays of Jean Racine.

She swears to hit herself with her own hand — the royal daughter will not obediently wait for the blow. Did not thy hand refuse The infamy of writing a command So cruel!

But Agamemnon is also caught in an internal struggle between, on one side, his pride, his ambition, his gacine, and his greed for glory, and, on the other, his sincere and deep-rooted love for his daughter. Her ending was truly beautiful, at least in my opinion. In the play Arcas relates to Clytemnestra that at the moment of Iphigenia’s sacrifice.

Summary Iphigenia Jean Racine

Oct 16, Eteaqueen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Great characters, but the ending is ridiculous. Much like Solomon, he appears forced to make a choice. Shocked Agamemnon was ready to enter into a fight with an insidious fate and abandon the campaign, but the cunning street managed to convince him. Through some dark happenings and twists, a blood bath iphigeenia and all old ties are cut, burned, buried and destroyed.


Nov 18, Luke rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. Port-Royal was ipgigenia by followers of Jansenism, a theology condemned as heretical by the French bishops and the Pope.

Iphigenia / Phaedra / Athaliah by Jean Racine

He is extremely surprised by the dejected kind of his master: She feels unable to help herself, but is horrified by her desire for Hippolytus – in fact, she is almost driven mad by the guilt she feels. E se fossimo anche noi incastrati e condannati a vivere nel costante errore? Sidonne rated it liked it Jan 25, However, it concentrates strongly on the psychology of Athaliah, and so Racine is ipigenia in the title he chose.

The king hurries to leave, and Ipgigenia shares her worries with Eryphila: But not everything is lost: Phaedra is an interesting character, but her supporting cast – Theseus, Hippolytus, Aricia – are weaker and less interesting.

An enraged Clytemnestra enters with a letter in her hand.