By Jean Racine
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1963
Strongly prompted by means of Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639-99) broke clear of the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of excessive mental realism, with characters manipulated by means of merciless and vengeful gods. "Iphigenia" depicts a princess' absolute submission to her father's will, regardless of his decision to sacrifice her to achieve divine favour earlier than going to conflict.
Described via Voltaire as 'the masterpiece of the human mind', "Phaedra" indicates a woman's fight to beat her overwhelming ardour for her stepson - an obsession that brings destruction to a noble relations. And "Athaliah" portrays a ruthless pagan queen, who defies Jehovah in her determined try and continue the throne of Jerusalem from its valid inheritor.
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Showcasing him as if he were the winner of a beauty pageant, Mrs. Barker goes to the front door and “the Young Man is found therein. Lights ﬁll up again as he steps into the room” (112). His second entrance is a faux epiphany, a m´elange of burlesque, vaudeville, and photo op. Visual, clich´ed, mercenary, and shallow, the Young Man is a cartoon-like character in an antimimetic performance. This second twin reinforces the dangers of the American Dream even more caustically than does the ﬁrst. Through the story of the Young Man’s life, Albee gives us a rerun of the past as well as a doomsday look at the present and future.
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Iphigenia, Phaedra and Athaliah (Penguin Classics) by Jean Racine