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The paths of passion in Euripide\'s Hippolytus.

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Author(s):
Fernando Crespim Zorrer da Silva
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Jose Antonio Alves Torrano; Zelia Ladeira Veras de Almeida Cardoso; Adriane da Silva Duarte; Joaquim Brasil Fontes Junior; Flávio Ribeiro de Oliveira
Advisor: Jose Antonio Alves Torrano
Abstract

The tragedy Hippolytus, by Euripide, is read and analysed, under the aspect of passion, and the different perspectives in which this passion reflects and refracts. Hippolytus incurs a hybris when he treats the goddess Aphrodite as a mortal woman, because he was not able to understand that this divinity must be respected and that she requires honors. Phaedra presents herself as a woman who, dominated by passion for his stepson Hippolytus, incessantly tries to avoid this feeling and get rid of it; however, the queen oscilates in this desire, since her delirious speeches reveal hidden erotic desires. Being able both to reflect and to especulate about human action, she is, however, cheated by the sophisticated discourse of her nurse. Hippolytus\'s long speech is examined, what shows him hating women, and, at the same time, desiring now that they don\'t exist at all, now that they couldn\'t use verbal language. The letter left by Phaedra when she commited suicide and which was found beside her corpse, assumes, with her death, the meaning of point of support for the accusation of Hippolytus. Theseus acts as a misreader of this document and its context, pronouncing an unfair judgment. The translation that follows the present analytic-interpretative study, works both as its basis and its complementation and explanation, since it is simultaneous to the study in its genesis and solidary in its intention. (AU)