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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For other uses, see Iphigenia disambiguation. Racine himself was aware racime this issue but refused to give in. One could also argue that this was simply an excuse to get rid of a troublesome husband and for Clytemnestra’s lover to take over the mantle of kingship.

During the 17th century, the legend of Racin was popular amongst playwrights. C’est l’histoire d’un roi qui doit sacrificier sa fille par un ordre divin. To meet his goal he restricts his vocabulary to the essential, none of the neologisms and verbal chaos of Shakespeare.

She continues to defend her father and insists on the need iphigwnie her sacrifice. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Jack jump over the candlestick On the other hand, this is one of Racine’s bett Racine sacrifices the vigour or Euripides ‘s play for character development and often comes across as slightly humorous, which is perhaps unintentional in a tragedy.

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Category:Iphigénie (Racine)

Iphigenia is then carried off by the goddess to safety on the distant island of the Taurians. Greek literary characters is already show greater individuality than most other contemporary literature in which people are often portrayed as cogs in a iphiggenie, but Racine adds to this with his deft portrayal of characters, Iphigenia in particular, who change their mind more than once during the play and express their reasons with heartfelt eloquence.

Dialogue Greek philosophy and Science. Orphaned by the age of four his mother died in and his father inhe came into the care of his grandparents. Here Agamemnon has everything lined up; he has been chosen, out of many competing kings, to lead the iphigeni expedition against Troy that will restore honor to Greece after the way Paris and Helen shamefully skipped town together. Jean-Baptiste Racine Photo credit: Clytemnestre leaves to join her now reconciled family and future son-in-law, thanking the gods for this deliverance.


Iphigenia is the strong, beloved daughter and tragic heroine. This site uses cookies. This play is about the personal and social struggles that Agamemnon faces between his 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.

In turn astonished and confused by her presence in Aulis, Achille expresses his dismay at the efforts of the Greek leaders to prevent his marriage.

Apr 28, Dorottya rated it really liked it Shelves: The romanesque was a drama of love and adventure, written in verse, with an elaborate plot with unexpected twits and a happy ending.

Overall iphigebie the lectures I attended outlining Racine’s importance and significance iphigenir French theatre I was left utterly disappointed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. Achille appears to inform Agamemnon of his good news and of the high priest Calchas’ predictions of favourable winds. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Distraught Agamemnon, daring not to approve, To ensure that no murders fell under his gaze, Or to cover his tears, wore a veil on his face. 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. Instead of following them, Eriphile vindictively decides to reveal all to the high priest Calchas.


Published December 31st by Larousse first published Statheon rated it liked it Nov 22, This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Dec 21, M rated it it was amazing Shelves: However it is told from a more rationalistic, secularist point of view rather than a direct translation from the original.

From that one act, sacrifying Iphigenia to the gods so the winds would permit the fleet to travel to Troy, Agammenon iphigenir on the first domino of a series ending with the end of his dynasty see Orestes and Electra in mayhem and blood.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Appeals are made to the gods.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Oct 16, Eteaqueen rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Daniel d’alessandro rated it really liked it Feb 10, For those who do not know, the story is set just prior to the Trojan War when Agamemnon is preparing to set sailed with a Greek armada to ‘rescue’ Helen from Paris, who had kidnapped her or did she go willingly because Paris was a much more romantic person than Menelaus and taken her to Troy.

He limits the number of characters and reduces the amount of action that takes place on the stage. Racune eventually appears, blaming her for her daughter’s delay. iphivenie

Iphigénie by Jean Racine

It would be very easy to do so if I were willing to sacrifice common sense. Yes, and yet we are not over it. He forms the catalyst of the whole mission, and is also the key to Agamemnon’s power: