God, and one man another.” This is a very true statement that any person can be able to relate with. In the end, people choose to worship certain gods and if Hippolytus feels that Aphrodite’s “gifts” to men are not the ones for him, then he shouldn’t have to feel compelled to accept those “gifts” or worship her. Of course, he was a little disrespectful in his rejection of her and his general disdain towards what she has to offer, but it is only because of his personal moral values of chastity and celibacy that he feels no need to praise a goddess of love, passion and marriage. At least it can be said that he is true to himself to the very end. Hippolytus maintains his innocence and honor by keeping his oath of silence about Phaedra’s love towards him and even forgiving his father for cursing him to death. Phaedra, on the other hand, makes certain choices that make her character less sympathetic. Firstly, when Phaedra realizes her love for Hippolytus, she decides to remain silent and reason that her desire is very wrong, and when she fails to convince herself to stop loving him, chooses to try and starve to death. Up to this point, she is a very sympathetic character, because she is suffering and conflicted about her feelings for her stepson, which she knows are clearly unacceptable and immoral. The audience and readers of the play also know that Aphrodite had
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