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Phaedra as an example of Enlightenment

1. Discuss Phaedra as an example of Enlightenment values; that is, do you agree that love and passion, and other emotions are as dangerous as the play seems to make them and do you agree that reason is enough to achieve happiness?

2. Are human emotions a sign of weakness, disease, lack of control, or absence of Reason in the play?

3. What is the cause of this tragedy?

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1. Discuss Phaedra as an example of Enlightenment values; that is, do you agree that love and passion, and other emotions are as dangerous as the play seems to make them and do you agree that reason is enough to achieve happiness?

Phaedra reflects Jansenism, which is an ideology that was established in 17th century France which asserts that it is impossible to live a valid life in this world due to the extent of human depravity and original sin; thus, the need for God's grace through acknowledging God.

This concept of Human nature "is ingrained in the story of Phaedra, Racine's interpretation of an Ancient Greek tragedy originally written by Euripides. Phaedra, the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, is the Queen of Greece, married to Theseus, and she is consumed by an incestuous desire for her stepson Hippolytus. In his interpretation of the story, Racine adds subtle elements that effectively Christianize the story and paint the character of Phaedra as ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution discusses Phaedra as an example of Enlightenment values i.e. love, passion, happiness, etc. and emotions i.e. weakness, disease, absence of reason, etc. Supplemented with an infromative artcile on to topic of Enlightenment values.

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