• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Conflicting Values between Phaedra and the Nurse in Euripides's Hippolytus

Extracts from this document...


To what extent do the values of the Nurse conflict to with the values of Phaedra in lines 433 to 481? To a large extent the values of the nurse conflict with those of Phaedra , however both agree that one cannot contradict the will of the gods and at different points both coincide that in the given situation it would be better to die. At the beginning Phaedra expresses her wish to go hunting and horse riding, suggesting that she desires to be near Hippolytus , yet by doing so she would be break the social convention that dictated women could only leave the house for religious purposes . The nurse knows this, and warns her that to challenge the norm would is madness 'words that ride on madness' .However once Phaedra's secret is revealed it is the Nurse the one who advocates a departure from the social code, while Phaedra strives to uphold her reputation and society's values. ...read more.


With respect to destiny and veneration to gods both uphold the same values however they derive different conclusions from them . Previously the Nurse establishes her admiration for moderation '' I praise excess less than moderation'', in contrast Phaedra seems to prefer to have a tendency towards the extremes, first she wishes to go hunting to follow Hippolytus and later to die. Here we see how they have contrasting opinions. Additionally they differ on what should be done with Phaedra's forbidden love. The Nurse explains that to be in love is nothing extraordinary '' you are in love - what is so surprising about that ? '' her rhetorical question implies that the situation is not atypical and that it can be easily resolved without resorting to extremes. ...read more.


Phaedra expands on the unacceptable behavior of unfaithful women, yet later the Nurse counter argues that men too behave in this way 'many fathers help their sons in love affairs''. They disagree on the worth of reputation, the Nurse revealing her corrupt moral values, however it can be argued that she wishes to deter her mistress's suicidal intentions. After all she does show great duty towards her and even declares that she ''can no longer exist'' after Phaedra reveals her secret. Thus is can be concluded that to a large extent the values of the Nurse conflict with those of Phaedra , however they both coincide that fate nor the will of the gods can be denied. It can be argued that the Nurse's intention is to help her mistress by diminishing the values she upholds and therefore prevent her suicide. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. Did Kleon deserve his reputation as an uncultured and power-hungry demagogue?

    "new politicians" without noble ancestors, with their wealth not based on land, but on trade or crafts. Since Kleon had inherited money from his father, it was this that helped him start a remarkable political career. This in its self makes him seem as cultured as one should be when representing the Democracy.

  2. Compare and Contrast how Aristophanes depicts Euripides in "The Frogs" and "The Poet and ...

    woman, "lend me a dress and a headband for my friend here? You can't pretend that you don't possess such things" (Page 108), and attend the ceremony. Mnesilochus was discovered by the women who captured him and threatened to burn him as they believed him to be a spy for Euripides.

  1. In what ways does The Simpsons portray American family and social values?

    This came about after she witnessed Maggie trying to stab Homer with a knife after she saw the same thing on TV. She continued her crusade, despite the fact that she knew Bart and Lisa were getting bullied at school, and eventually she won.

  2. 'Hysterical and Vindictive' is that a better description of Electra or Phaedra? (including plan)

    She is now inconsolable with rage and her last act is to get revenge on Hippolytus.

  1. To what extent do you agree that Phaedra and Hippolytus are in control of ...

    Aphrodite's speech at the beginning of the play is of course the biggest argument to support the idea that Phaedra and Hippolytus were in fact not in control of there own destiny in the play. In this speech Aphrodite tells the audience that she has fated Hippolytus to die due

  2. The Attitudes of Euripides and Sophocles towards the power of the gods over men ...

    Creon, the King of Corinth orders that the corpse of Polynicies be left unhonoured unburied and unmourned. Whilst his brother the defender be fully honoured for his part in protecting the city. The heroine of the piece Antigone is sister to the two combatants, so she believes that her two brothers should both receive the rights due to the dead.

  1. The Bacchae by Euripides - summary

    Dionysus and his chorus - who are voluntary Bacchants - says that if Pentheus does not acknowledge him as a god, he will lead the tranced Bacchant women into battle against Pentheus. Cadmus, Pentheus and Dionysus' grandfather, and the blind prophet Teiresias have already, voluntarily, submitted to the worship of Dionysus.

  2. An investigation into how 'moral obligation' and its associated values are represented and translated ...

    * The individual playwrights ideas on moral obligation and a comparison of them. This will obviously cause problems especially as the main writers are very different in character and period (Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles). * A comparison of the duties of men and women to themselves and others.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work