Racine, Jean (1639–1699), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Jean Racine’s tragedy “Andromache,” first staged in 1667, is a five-act play written in alexandrine verse. The play navigates a love quadrangle: Orestes is enamoured with Hermione, who pines for Pyrrhus, who in turn desires Andromache. Andromache aims to safeguard her son Astyanax while honouring her late husband, Hector. The narrative draws significantly from the Iliad, although Racine cites Virgil’s Aeneid as his primary reference. Prior adaptations of Andromache’s tale by Euripides and Seneca exist, but Racine offers a fresh interpretation.

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Kline, A. S.

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