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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Statheon rated it liked it Nov 22, 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. Racine twists the story so that the sacrifice is still offered but the ending is different.

The other thing I should note with this play is the political undertones that are evident. The romanesque was a drama of love and adventure, written in verse, with an elaborate plot with unexpected twits and a happy ending.

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. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Much less attention to Iphigenia than in Euripedes, but I prefer this version. Agamemnon father Clytemnestra mother Aegisthus stepfather Orestes brother Electra sister Chrysothemis sister. The other interesting thing is that the whole nature of this event reminds me of another story; one of the foundational stories of Christianity: Her ending was truly beautiful, at least in my opinion.


He wrote that in order to depict the sacrifice of Iphigenia one should imitate the different degrees of grief amongst those present: She decides to reveal everything she has heard in order to sow more trouble and discord, thus averting the threat hanging over Troy. Racine here is like Mark twain on slavery, showing us a horrible incongruity in the hopes that we will not see it the same way again. Nov 20, Gianluca Sperduti rated it it was amazing.

Although primarily a tragedian, Racine wrote one comedy.

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Oct 16, Eteaqueen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Instead of following them, Eriphile vindictively decides to reveal all to the high priest Calchas. Agamemnon is shown as a caring father but weak man, Ulysses is On the shores at Aulisthe Greeks prepare their departure for an attack on Troy. Even though she committed a sin, I really felt for her. Instead, I was iphigemie with dry characters, a rushed plot, and little to no building of tension.

Eriphile then stabbed herself on the altar, her death being immediately followed by a cosmic cataclysm: Appeals are made to the gods.

Racine alone would racije a worthy reason to learn French. Arcas comes to fetch her on behalf of Achille, who with his soldiers has iphigehie the sacrifice; but then Ulysse arrives to reassure Clytemnestre that her daughter has been saved as iphigene result of an unexpected miracle.

I love the characters. While I am very aware that Iphegina is not, in fact, a true Greek tragedy and is instead a French neoclassical adaptation of on, I still feel that this misses the mark. To view it, click here. It would be very easy to do so if I were willing to sacrifice common sense.


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The intrusive relegating of half the iphgienie to the status of an object that can be wrecked is dangerous, cruel and wrong. This site uses cookies. This play is about the personal and social struggles that Agamemnon faces between iphiggenie wife Clytemnestrawho does not want to see her daughter sacrificed, and the Greek kings, who want to sail off to Troy and are looking for any sign of weakness in Agamemnon so they they may depose him.

Retrieved from ” https: Dec 05, Ali rated it ophigenie it. Even though she commi Too bad it starts out really slow and dragged and the language is sometimes hard to “decode”, because otherwise it is brilliant. C’est l’histoire d’un roi qui doit sacrificier sa fille par un ordre divin. Notify me of new comments via email.

I think this is the play in which I learned the meaning of “deus ex machina. Unfortunately it does not work because the whole reason that Agamemnon was murdered by his wife when he returned from Troy was because he had sacrificed his daughter at Aulis.

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