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Unformatted text preview: Neoclassicism is a renewal of art forms such as literary styles, architecture, and art from the ancient Greek and Roman period in Europe. Neoclassicism developed in France during the Enlightenment period. Neoclassicism occurred during the Enlightenment period but affected the European social life differently. Neoclassicism affect the art and culture and the Enlightenment affected the politics and philosophies studied during that time. Jean Racines play Phaedra is an example of a work done in the neoclassical era. Phaedra and characters in ancient Greek literature both invoke the Gods. It also reveals characteristics of the culture during the time period. Phaedra resembles a neoclassic work because it is similar to Greek Literature. One similarity is that the Greek Gods are believed to control peoples emotions. For example, in the third Act, Phaedra curses Venus after she confesses her love for Hippolytus. Phaedra knows that loving her husbands son is wrong and she yells at Venus for causing her passion for him. She also states in act three, Force him to love and she yells at Venus for causing her passion for him....
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