Phaedra and Enlightenment Essay

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Phaedra and Enlightenment values

The Enlightenment period was began shortly after the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and lasted through the 18th century. This was an “intellectual movement” and the writers of this period disapproved of religion and politics ruled by absolutism. “ The movement would question almost every aspect of social and political life in Europe”(Hunt, 522). The writers and scholars that had enlightened views were those who believed that all people are able to apply reason or critical thinking to all issues that may arise in their lives. The countries that were affected most by the Atlantic system were participants in the enlightenment movement, such as: Britain, France and the Dutch Republic (Hunt, 522).
Jean Racine
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Feelings and emotions are an important part of human life and are what can add happiness and fulfillment in the lives of many.
Human emotions are something that each and everyone of us possess. The key is not to let your emotions drive you to cause harm to yourself or others. Emotions can be very dangerous if they are not kept under control. One could ask if emotions could be a sign of weakness, disease, lack of control, or lack reason. I think that this play depicts Phaedra’s emotions to show a sign of weakness because she loved so passionately that it clouded her judgment and she lost control of her emotions. This lack of control caused her to hurt everyone around her, even herself. For a person like her emotions can be very dangerous and toxic. Phaedra was in a very dark place in her life, her helplessness and her misery consumed her and showed great signs of weakness. Her irrational behavior and feelings lead to the death of Hippolytus and which drove her to commit suicide. She changed the lives of everyone around her because of her lack of reason.
Human beings are emotional creatures and passion, love and other feelings of emotion are a part of our make up. These feelings do not have to lead to negativity, these feelings can be a joyous part of life if kept under control. The fact that Phaedra was not able to control her sexual and emotional feelings for her stepson Hippolytus it

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