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Phaedra

Jean Racine (1639-1699)

1. Act I
2. Act II
3. Act III
4. Act IV
5. Act V

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Summary

In the court of Louis XIV, adaptations of Greek tragedies were very popular. This play, heavily influenced by Euripides' Hippolytus, deals with love that violates social taboos. Note: In Racine's work, a new "scene" begins whenever a character enters or exits. Therefore, there are no stage directions, only a list of the characters on stage for each scene. The action is continuous for the entire act.