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  • Phaedra

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    Phaedra is a 17th-century play by Jean Racine retelling the Greek myth of Phaedra, containing themes of jealousy, love and vengeance. In Theseus' absence, his wife Phaedra is attracted to her stepson Hippolytus. Hippolytus is in love with Aricia but cannot tell his family. After the return of his father, Hippolytus is soon banished after being falsely accused of trying to rape Phaedra. When Phaedra learns of Hippolytus' love for Aricia, she is filled with jealousy. Hippolytus is killed in a chariot accident, Phaedra poisons herself and Theseus pardons Aricia.

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    Phaedra is an ancient tragic play which tells the story of Queen Phaedra of Athens, a woman who lusts after her stepson Hippolytus. Hippolytus rejects all of her advances, causing Phaedra, along with her nurse, to vengefully plot to accuse Hippolytus of incestuous desire. When King Theseus sends for Hippolytus to deal out his punishment, he learns that his son is already dead. Devastated, Phaedra admits her treachery and kills herself. The play explores themes of gender roles and familial relationships.