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Phaedra

Phaedra was a great play in my own opinion. In this play of love, jealousy, and plenty of turmoil to go around. The star "Phaedra", is stricken by love. She is in love with her step-son and prince, Hyppolytus. Phaedra cursed the gods, in particular Venus, which was much like Aphrodite, the god of love. Her current husband and the father of Prince Hyppolytus, "Theseus"
was known for slaying many beast, but Phaedra did not love him at all. She was in love with Hippolytus.
Hippolytus was in love with Aricia., a simple slave that worked the palace. Theseus however did not approve of Aricia because of her standards, because that she was a servant and no man or woman of noble ancestry should marry or even love those of lesser descent. Phaedra was torn between a decision which was to stay with her husband or proclaim her love for her step son. Hyppolytus did not share the same love with Phaedra as she had with him, but this was unknown to Phaedra's knowledge. Phaedra begin to wish death upon herself, but her nurse Oenone convinced her otherwise and to go to Hyppolytus and proclaim her love. Phaedra was skeptical about the whole thing, but went through with it anyways.
Phaedra soon got her wish. Word came to the kingdom, that Theseus had been killed by a mythical creature called the Minotaur. Her and Oenone soon went through with Oenone's plans to tell Hyppotylus. Hyppotylus after finding out this news was shocked. Phaedra had many advances on him, but after she found out that he was not exactly feeling the same about her she attempted suicide with Hyppotylus's sword. Hyppotylus did not attempt to stop her, but Oenone would not let Phaedra commit suicide like this, so she ran and took the sword from her and she then fled from Hyppotylus's presence.
Phaedra once again preferred death over life, especially now after Hyppotylus didn't return the love and then on top of Theseus was proclaime…

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