Iphigenia, Phaedra, Athaliah

Jean Racine

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Éditeur
Penguin Books LTD Digital
Pages
320
Parution
décembre 2004
Format
Ebook EPUB
Protection
DRM
Langue
Anglais
EAN
9780141909349
  • Résumé

Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639-99) broke away from the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of intense psychological realism, with characters manipulated by cruel and vengeful gods. Iphigenia depicts a princess's absolute submission to her father's will, despite his determination to sacrifice her to gain divine favour before going to war. Described by Voltaire as 'the masterpiece of the human mind', Phaedra shows a woman's struggle to overcome her overwhelming passion for her stepson - an obsession that brings destruction to a noble family. And Athaliah portrays a ruthless pagan queen, who defies Jehovah in her desperate attempt to keep the throne of Jerusalem from its legitimate heir.
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