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Literature, literary criticism, heroes, ancient Greece, plays, myth


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Classics | Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature


The three plays I shall be examining in this paper are Euripides' Hippolytus, Jean Racine's Phaedra, and Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms. These plays are complementary in two important ways. First, each of the three plays is a tragic drama; attempting to merge the abstract and universal considerations of tragedy within the more particular and immediate realities of drama. Secondly, all three plays are either based on or adapted from the ancient Greek myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus. Thus there exists between three plays a common ground of both subject and structure, which invites their comparison.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing