By Jean Racine
Du siège de Babylone, où il est parti combattre les Persans, le sultan Amurat ordonne à Roxane, los angeles favourite à qui il a confié les rênes du pouvoir, de mettre à mort Bajazet, frère dont il suspecte les goals. Mais Roxane aime Bajazet et entend faire de lui le nouveau sultan : s'il refuse de l'épouser, il périra. Avec Bajazet, Racine nous plonge au coeur des intrigues de sérail, lieu tragique d'une lutte à mort entre amour et pouvoir.
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But he is wrong: Eliza feels intensely. Indeed, the powerful drive of her feelings brings her to life in the fourth act and drives her to independence from Higgins in the fifth act. ) Higgins says to Pickering that all the attractive young, rich American women he teaches 舠might as well be blocks of wood,舡 as far as their sexually tempting him is concerned. And at first he regards Eliza this way舒as a block of wood out of which he will carve a duchess. 舡 (act 5, scene 3). Eliza舗s flexible humanity rebukes Higgins for being stone cold.
But her courage returns, and she unites herself to both Cusins and her father (while she also reaffirms her bond with her mother, an affirmation that is the seal of her reborn self). Jonathan Wisenthal (in The Marriage of Contraries) has argued persuasively that the end of the play anticipates a tripartite union of three kinds of power: material (Undershaft), intellectual (Cusins), and spiritual (Barbara). But Shaw is well aware that such a union, like Father Keegan舗s vision of three in one, is not realized in the play, and may be only a madman舗s dream.
Higgins has mastered the art of speech, of phonetics, so that he can identify people舗s hidden origins, as he does with the crowd that gathers around Eliza when she suspects he is a detective ready to arrest her for prostitution and is protesting her innocence. As soon as he hears their accents, he tells them where they were born, all the while concealing his own identity. ) Pickering even asks him if he does this in a music hall for a living, as if Higgins were a magician. 舡) Higgins belongs with Ibsen舗s Master Builder (in The Master Builder, 1892) and Rubek the sculptor (in When We Dead Awaken, 1899) among modern drama舗s most profound studies of the artist舗s psychology, for the Professor of Speech forgets the difference between life and art.
Bajazet by Jean Racine