Cover of book Phaedra
Categories: Fiction » Drama

“Phaedra” is one of the most famous plays by Jean Racine, a French dramatist, one of the "Big Three" of 17th century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and one of the most important liter


ary figures in the Western tradition of the 17th century. It reflects a deep philosophic conception of the author, relating drama of a woman, who broke the moral laws and is forced to struggle with her feelings. Phaedra’s implacability appears a symbol of heroic uprising over low, egoistic motives. Racine leads the reader to a tragic denouement: not finding the way out, Phaedra decides to die. Her death becomes triumph over the hypocrisy and egoism, which bend human conscience in its will.

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