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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Published by Larousse first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. I say this not only because she’s the main character in this glorious play, and even less because she’s been played by some of the greatest actresses in the world Sarah Bernhardt, Helen Mirren, Fernanda Montenegro – yes, even Brazil adapted this famous play!

In general terms hey, I’m not a scientist! Once the fusion has been through enough for millions of years and exhausted its elements, the radiation pressure becomes too much, winning the battle against gravity, and the star explodes.

Leaving the stars in the sky and volcano activity, for own on safety, extinct, this is a very intense, fascinating tragedy so much that I couldn’t help but to read every line more than a couple of times, as if I was producing a stage adaptation of my own where I would play all characters and needed to memorize everything.

You will find here no filler scenes, no unnecessary characters, no gimmicks. Instead of that, Racine brought all big feelings into play: This is not a good vs evil confrontation, which I find modern and down-to-earth as, let’s agree, we all have good and bad inside of us, so Racine excels in not creating determined heroes and villains, but by writing of the conflicts between confused feelings which, in their turn, drive the actions between what has been decided, pre-established against desire in its purest form – pure as in free from all boundaries and conventions: This is such a heavy psychological story that Jeab had no need to resort to showing violence on stage: This gave me a sense of realism – although, of course, there were mythological elements involved.

She is involved by her destiny, and by the anger of the gods, in an unlawful passion at which she is the very first to be horrified. She prefers to let herself die rather than declare it to anyone. And, when she is forced 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 from her own will.

As I mentioned before, there’s another forbidden love blooming simultaneously: I have once more to applaud Racine for his writing as I always found a fascinating topic that love’s disguise is normally hatred, instead of indifference.

Gacine, in order to camouflage – not hide – his feelings for Aricie and the same applies, in the beginning, to how his stepmother acted towards himmade use of hate. 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 harshracjne if it would be easier to transform that sentiment into love than to generate a brand new feeling from scratch.


I find it delightful that in literature, just as in life, things are all interconnected. Artists, pgedre their works, generously offer us new material, new books, new writings to pursue, as if to not abandon us – knowing that ending a book leaves us with a sense of being lost – so they show us the way to new knowledge, to new books, to new writers, racune whom we will devote ourselves until the time has come for us to jump on the next train, which will in its turn connect us to others and unexplored roads.

View all 54 comments. Jul 25, Kalliope rated it it was amazing Shelves: When is one guilty of something, when one commits the reprehensible deed, and only one knows it, or when it is made known to others? These three long soliloquies are amongst the most fam When is one guilty of something, when one commits the reprehensible deed, and only one phedree it, or when it is made known to others?

These three long soliloquies are amongst the raicne famous parts of the play. These three confessions trigger the drama that unfolds irremediably fast, bringing the tragic downfall of both guilty and non guilty. But the phevre of this play is not in the plot, but in the themes that Racine so lyrically develops. Love coupled with jealousy as a fatal damnation. Treachery as the worst ignominy that can be suffered and inflicted.

Choices that remain captive and render Destiny unavoidable. And expectedly in Racine, the power of the word as the vehicle for the human soul. They are tragedies at their purest in which there is the very minimum of extraneous material.

He approached the three units by emptying them as much as possible. The place is no place, but just an enclosing undefined lieu that traps the tragic heroes and heroines in their own disarrays. The action takes place elsewhere and the messengers just inform the enclosed heroes about them.

With so much material stripped out, then everything can happen quickly. We end up not been aware of whether it all happened in one day, or in an accelerated, condensed and immeasurable eternity. On the stage are left the abstract concepts that do not resolve. The Year of Reading Proust Group. And since it is a play I have sought to watch it acted out. I found this DVD http: I should add that, sadly, this is the only filmed production of a Racine play that I have been able to find.

Phaedra by Jean Racine

Are they commercially so unattractive? When I lived in Paris I was on a budget but was willing to stand and queue, for sometimes close to two hours, to be able to get the cheapest tickets FF In one year I did not miss one single production. I am lucky that I have seen some wonderful productions of Racine at the CF then. The stage settings were bare. The accoutrements for emphasizing the Drama were almost only the costumes that the characters wore, with their flowing tunics and floating capes and veils.

They were simple but made out of absolutely exquisite materials. Contrasting hues in the clothing paralleled opposite personalities while subtle gradations in color tones marked allegiances. Only tenuously would they distract from the declaimed verses.

The acting was selective. They do not need to touch since they reach each other with their words. I had been expecting a dignified dame whose august and majestic body carried the full weight of suffering in a stately manner. The legendary Sarah Bernhardt was unforgettably photographed in this role. For Racine was a master of the Alexandrines, the twelve syllable verses with a clear caesura in its exact middle. His iambic hexameters establish a cadential rhythm which measures an even pace.


His verses should have the lulling effect of a hypnotic lullaby. Instead, true to Racine, a sad man, barely moving, declaims this succession of horrors, without blinking, depicting with only words the dreadful scene that gradually sinks the listening father into an unavoidable sorrow.

What a wonderful speech. These examples he gave are from Andromaque: 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.

View all 43 comments. I missed these French classics.

Um, yeah, that’s the recipe for a pretty awesome story. Phaedra, married to Theseus, has always nurtured a secret love for his son, Hippolytus. When she receives news that Theseus is dead, she finally confesses her love to Hippolytus, who is in love with Aricia and is disgusted by his step-mother’s advances.

But, hey, guess what? Theseus isn’t dead Let’s see: Theseus isn’t dead and returns just in time for all Hades to break loose.

Phèdre by Jean Racine

Soap operas have nothing on ancient Greek drama. And I have to raclne that’s worth something. Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder View all 5 comments.

Mar 20, Hend rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, she soon discovered that she could not remove phede love from her heart. So she wished a tragic playExplores the Depths of the Human Soul So she wished for death as the only way to end her Destined Love and, to punish herself for her betrayal and forbidden and cursed love She lost control over herself and confess to Hippolytus her secret and passionate love, her confession has had an unexpected result,he has no pity on her and was in disgrace because of her shameful confession Theseus believed her and cursed Hippolytus with one of the three curses he had received from Poseidon.

As a result, Hippolytus’ horses were frightened by a sea monster and dragged him to his death Phaedra feels guiltyshe felt a total horror of herself, Recognizing the atrociousness of her crime, and the excruciating pain and feeling of disgust ,she declared the innocence of Hippolytus,and then committed suicide View all 19 radine. Gostaria de ver isto no teatro. View all 3 comments. Histrionics, rash reaction instead of considered response, inability to control emotion.

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Bonus GR only bit: So if Goodreads was ever a family, it’s now clear that it was one that escaped from a Greek Tragedy. It’s fairly obvious that all the things in the first sentence of this review can be applied to the GR family – the only ques Greek families!

It’s fairly obvious that all the things in the first sentence of this review can be applied to the GR family – the only questions now is how many corpses are going to pile up as the Tragedy unfolds and whether we can summon a Diety to resolve the conflict for the future