It is indicative of Racine

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It is indicative of Racine's perceptiveness that he does not put any long speeches in Hermione's  mouth, that she remains disturbingly reticent. In moments of great stress words seem meaningless,  and the mind retreats before the overwhelming presence of grief. The fury implicit in Hermione's ominous silence is revealed in the following scene. Its virulence belies  the notion of classical restraint. What identifies Hermione with her era is her lack of hysteria. She is  dominated, but not blinded, by jealousy. She remains perfectly lucid about the means of revenge —  that is, she uses Orestes as her tool. That she succeeds is a tribute to her cunning, for she is asking  of Orestes an incredible action: the murder of a king by a guest. In Greek terms, in which hospitality 
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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