Hedda Gabler And Phaedra: Death And The Heroine



We must always sympathize and/or identify with the tragic hero/heroine to
some extent. What devices does Racine employ to maintain our sympathy for
Phaedra? How do we feel about her at the time of her death? What devices
does Ibsen use to elicit our sympathy for Hedda? How do we feel about her
at the time of her death?
Phaedra is in the quintessential sense the tragic heroine, as it seems to
fulfil every quality required to be one. She is able to arouse compassion
and terror at the same time. Phaedra is not altogether guilty, and not
altogether innocent. She is drawn by her destiny and by angry gods into an
unlawful and adulterous passion (not incestuous, in Athenian eyes), which
she is ...

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throughout the play she has not slandered or even made any accusations at
or to anyone but has always implies so. Oenone has always been the
scapegoat, she lied to Theseus about Phaedra's and Hippolytus's encounter.
Phaedra acquiesced to entire idea as she was in a weak state of mind and
was distressed. In such a state, on being shown a light at the end of the
tunnel by Oenone she goes along. Beside herself in her thoughts she
decides to tell the truth and to vindicate Hippolytus, who is not guilty
of the crime he is accused of by Oenone.

At the time of her death, she wants to maintain a clean conscience even
after death when judged for her crime in the underworld. She feels a
sense of guilt for the acts she implied to commit, and goes to Theseus to
confess. The act of taking poison which Medea brought to Greece
symbolizes an attempt at self purification in death, the only course
possible to her. The mention of the sorceress also adds to the sanctity
and elegance of the ...

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