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  • Classical Representation Of The Myth In Euripide's Desire Under The Elms

    In classical Greek mythology, Phaedra is the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphaë, and is the wife of Theseus. Due to a divine plan set into motion by Aphrodite, Phaedra falls in love with Hippolytus, Theseus’ son from another marriage, bringing about the destruction of both individuals. These themes of incest, fate, and adultery are all present in Desire Under the Elms. This play can be shown to have been influenced greatly by classical representations of this myth. Desire Under the Elms is an exploration by O’Neill of Greek theatre. Set in New England in 1850, this tragic play tells the story of the adulterous, and incestuous relationship between Abbie Putnam and Eben Cabot. Ephraim Cabot, a widower with three sons, abandons his farm…

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  • Phaedra Movie Analysis

    Jules Dassin's film Phaedra is a modern retelling of Euripides' Hippolytus that focuses on wealthy ship owners and their families, yet the film still incorporates some of the tragic elements of Euripides' play. As with the play, core of the film revolves around a stepmother falling love in with her stepson, yet the film presents several of its main characters with different characterizations than their Euripidean counterparts. These changes result in feelings of passion and jealousy amongst the…

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  • Love In Euripide's Hippolytus

    between family members. This type of taboo love occurs in the ancient Greek play Hippolytus and the 1962 film Phaedra when a stepmother falls in love with her stepson. And although the situations and themes appear similar on a surface level, when analyzing them further, it becomes easy to see that they are quite different. Hippolytus, written by Euripides and first performed in 428 BCE, is a Greek play about a stepmother, Phaedra, who falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. Hippolytus is…

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  • The Deception Of Women In Homer's The Odyssey

    disguises. The most destructive women in The Odyssey are Athena, Zeus’ daughter, and Clytemnestra, Agememnon’s wife. Although Athena appears to guide Telemachus in finding his father, Odysseus, return, we later discover that she had the desire for a battle where many of the suitors die. Additionally, Clytemnestra betrays Agememnon by “…schem[ing] [his] death while [he was] world’s away” (Homer 1997: 263). Furthermore, in Hippolytus, women collectively lie and ultimately lead to the downfall of…

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  • Playing The Other By Euripide Analysis

    Phaedra expresses shame with the embarrassment and devastation brought by her sexual desires of her stepson, Hippolytus. Of course, by any standards of society, it is wrong to have desires for one’s stepson. The audience is introduced to Phaedra’s shame explicitly from the tone of her feelings. In this scene, Phaedra’s desires are described as a “disease” numerous times by herself and other women. First, Phaedra says she must “conceal [the] disease” (line 427) and “this disease [is] a disgrace”…

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  • Role Of Free Will In Euripides 'Hippolytus'

    storyline, readers might assume it is the will of the gods that jump-starts the rest of the story and fail to realize Hippolytus’ statement is the catalyst to all future events. This argument is furthered as Phaedra considers how to handle her dilemma of hopelessly being in love with Hippolytus. While Phaedra’s mind has already been manipulated by Aphrodite, her thought process reveals she had autonomy over her decision to kill herself. As the Nurse continues to help Phaedra, Phaedra orders the…

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  • Power In Euripide's Hippolytus

    Aphrodite is aware that Phaedra is “like to die”, but views her merely as a means to an end in her efforts to punish Hippolytus (39). Phaedra falls ill with horror and guilt over her intense love. Her pain is so intense that she believes that “it is better then / that [she] should die and know no more of anything” (248-249). Phaedra is innocent and has nothing to do with Hippolytus’s conflict with the gods, yet her suffering is used as a vehicle to further the plot. She remains in this status…

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  • Hippolytus: The Tragedy Of Aeschylus And Sophocles

    the other two major playwrights of the era, Aeschylus and Sophocles, yet it differs greatly. His writing style is simple and can be communicated in colloquial speech: Euripides was known for taking a new approach to traditional myths: he often changed elements of their stories or portrayed the more fallible, human sides of their heroes and gods. His plays commonly dwelled on the darker side of existence, with plot elements of suffering, revenge and insanity. Their characters are often motivated…

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  • Hippolytus As A Tragic Hero Analysis

    clear that each of them can be defined as the central character of the story. The first of these characters is Phaedra, and as is the case with many other tragedies at the time, she paints the picture of a woman with underlying conflicts. For this reason she can be a candidate as the tragic hero in this story, but upon further inspection is becomes clear that she fails the test. Phaedra is the wife of Theseus, and because Theseus is king of Athens, she acts as the queen of Athens. After Theseus…

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  • Comparing Oedipus The King And Hippolytus

    refused to respect her and has chosen to honor Artemis. Despite being warned by Aphrodite, Hippolytus refuses to listen and chooses to mock her, proving that he has hubris tendencies, which is a characteristic of a tragic hero. Another quality of a tragic hero is that the person commits an action that will eventually destroy them and this is shown in Hippolytus. Hippolytus’s step-mother, Phaedra, falls in love with him which was a consequence of Hippolytus mocking Aphrodite. When Phaedra…

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