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dc.contributor.advisorBirberick, Anne L. (Anne Lynn), 1954-en_US
dc.contributor.authorOlesen, Isabelle I.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-18T18:49:01Z
dc.date.available2015-12-18T18:49:01Z
dc.date.issued1998
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/14715
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages [90]-91)en_US
dc.description.abstractBoth Phèdre and La Princesse de Clèves deal with the theme of immoral passion. This study will consider passion as it is experienced by the heroines. It will also examine how the heroines express their passion and make it known to the outside worlds. Finally, it will try to define heroism by the standards of morality. Their passion being immoral, Phèdre and Mme de Clèves are not able to live it out in the real world. They will therefore create dreams in which reality is transformed according to their wishes. However the presence of their husbands does not allow for the illusion to continue and reality must return. At first, both heroines remain silent about their passion. When they start to put it into words, they discover that speech is dangerous because it can be manipulated and ambiguous. They will both return to silence at the end of their lives. Although Phèdre seems to be more immoral than Mme de Clèves, they both end their lives heroically as they refuse to give in to a destructive passion. Mme de Clèves especially shows that heroism means the knowledge and recognition of one’s individuality. She remains an "inimitable example."en_US
dc.format.extent91 pagesen_US
dc.language.isofreen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshRacine, Jean, 1639-1699. Phe?dreen_US
dc.subject.lcshLa Fayette, Madame de (Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne), 1634-1693. Princesse de Cle?vesen_US
dc.subject.lcshEthics in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshHeroes in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshFrench literature--17th century--History and criticismen_US
dc.titleMorality and heroism in Phedre and La Princesse de Clevesen_US
dc.title.alternativeMoralite? et he?roi?sme dans Phe?dre et La Princesse de Cle?vesen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Foreign Languages and Literaturesen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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