Britannicus is a five-act tragic play by the French dramatist Jean Racine. Britannicus is the first play in which Racine depicted Roman history. The tale of moral choice takes as its subject Britannicus , the son of the Roman emperor Claudius , and heir to the imperial throne. Britannicus' succession to the throne is however usurped by Lucius, later known as Nero , and the son of Claudius' wife Agrippina the Younger. He wrests himself free from his mother's domination and plots to assassinate his adoptive brother.
Lecture analytique : Acte 1, Scène 5 Bérénice de Racine.
Jean Racine, Britannicus : résumé
Hermione aime Pyrrhus mais lui semble aimer sa captive, la veuve d'Hector : Andromaque. Pylade a peur. La confidente d'Andromaque. Elle le supplie de venir au chevet de sa femme qui perds la raison.
Racine, Britannicus – Acte I, scène 1
I- Les personnages. La mission d'Oreste est de ramener aux grecs le petit Astyanax, fils d'Hector et d'Andromaque. Qu'ai-je fait? Que dois-je faire encore?
Aricia has just been told by her companion, Ismene, that Hippolytus wishes to see her, that Theseus is dead, and that she is no longer a prisoner. Aricia finds it hard to credit so much good news at once. She is disinclined to believe the story of Theseus' death — that he descended alive into hell and was unable to return — and she does not see why Theseus' son should be kinder to her than his father. Ismene, however, does.