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Mythology[ edit ] Though married to Theseus, Phaedra fell in love with HippolytusTheseus's son by another woman born to either Hippolytaqueen of the Amazonsor Antiopeher sister. But Hippolytus rejected her.
In revenge, Phaedra wrote Theseus a letter that claimed Hippolytus had raped her. Theseus believed her and cursed Hippolytus with one of the three curses he had received from Poseidon. In another version, after Phaedra told Theseus that Hippolytus had raped her, Theseus killed his son, and Phaedra then committed suicide out of guilt, for she had not intended Hippolytus to die.
Then Artemis later told Theseus the truth. In a third version, Phaedra told Theseus and did not kill herself; Dionysus then sent a wild bull which terrified Hippolytus's horses.
Euripides twice placed this story on the Athenian stage, of which one version survives. According to some sources, Hippolytus had spurned Aphrodite to remain a steadfast and virginal devotee of Artemisand Aphrodite made Phaedra fall in love with him as a punishment.
In popular culture[ edit ].Jean Racine (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʁasin]), baptismal name Jean-Baptiste Racine (22 December – 21 April ), was a French dramatist, one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and an important literary figure in the Western attheheels.com was primarily a tragedian, producing such "examples of .
+ free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. The tragedy in Phaedra is Phaedra's suicide, Hippolytus being slain by a monster, and Theseus and Aricia left in anguish.
Each character has a tragic flaw, or hamartia, that carries the plot along.
Although both Theseus' and Hippolytus' hamartia expedited the tragic 3/5(1). Reflecting all of the qualities associated with Aristotle's idea of a tragic hero, Phaedra is clearly the tragic heroine in Racine's Phaedra.
Source: Racine, J. "Phaedra". The Norton Anthology of World Literature Second Edition Vol. D.
Ed. Sarah Lawall. In Greek mythology, Phaedra / ˈ f iː d r ə, ˈ f ɛ d r ə / (Ancient Greek: Φαίδρα, Phaidra) (or Fedra) was a Cretan attheheels.coma's name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant "bright". In Greek mythology, Phaedra / ˈ f iː d r ə, ˈ f ɛ d r ə / (Ancient Greek: Φαίδρα, Phaidra) (or Fedra) was a Cretan attheheels.coma's name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant "bright".