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Don Diègue et le comte de Gomès projettent d'unir leurs enfants Rodrigue et Chimène, qui s'aiment. Mais le comte, jaloux de se voir préférer le vieux don Diègue pour le poste de précepteur du prince, offense ce dernier en lui donnant une gifle (un soufflet dans le langage de l'époque). Don Diègue, trop vieux pour se venger par lui-même, remet sa vengeance entre les mains de son fils Rodrigue qui, déchiré entre son amour et son devoir, finit par écouter la voix du sang et tue le père de Chimène en duel. Chimène essaie de renier son amour et le cache au roi, à qui elle demande la tête de Rodrigue. Mais l'attaque du royaume par les Maures donne à Rodrigue l'occasion de prouver sa valeur et d'obtenir le pardon du roi. Plus que jamais amoureuse de Rodrigue devenu un héros national, Chimène reste sur sa position et obtient du roi un duel entre don Sanche, qui l'aime aussi, et Rodrigue. Elle promet d'épouser le vainqueur. Rodrigue victorieux reçoit du roi la main de Chimène : le mariage sera célébré l'année suivante.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782038716207
  • Publisher: Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Language: French
  • Series: Petits Classiques Series
  • Edition description: French Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Corneille, aussi appelé le Grand Corneille ou Corneille l'aîné , né le 6 juin 1606 à Rouen et mort le 1er octobre 1684 à Paris, est un dramaturge et poète français du XVIIe siècle.
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Table of Contents

1606: Birth of Pierre Croneille, in Rouen, June 6

1622: Finishes studies at the Jesuit college of Rouen

1624: Receives law degree

1625-29: His first play, Mélite, a comedy, staged in Paris

1632: Clitandre, tragicomedy

1633-34: Three comedies, La Veuve, La Galerie du Palais, and La Suivante. Médée, a tradegy

1636: L’Illusion comique, comedy, and Le Cid, tragicomedy, based on the play by Guillen de Castro, Las Mocedades del Cid. Richelieu grants him an annual pension of 1,500 livres

1637-38: “Quarrel of the Cid,” various critics and the Academy itself publish criticisms, to which the author replies

1640: Horace and Cinna, tragedies. Marriage to Marie de Lampérière

1641-43: Polyeucte, tragedy

1642-43: La Mort de Pompée, tragedy; le Menteur, comedy; la Suite du Menteur, comedy

1644: Rodogune, tragedy

1645: Théodore, vierge et martyre, tragedy

1647: Héraclius, tragedy

1650: Andromède, tragedy “with machines” (the use of stage machinery for spectacular effects, as in opera), Don Sanche d’Aragon, heroic comedy

1651: Nocomède, tragedy

1652: Pertharite tragedy whichfails. Corneille gives up writing drama for seven years

1659: Returns to the theatre with Œdipe, tragedy

1661: La Toison d’Or, tragedy with machines

1662: Sertorius, tragedy

1663: Sophonisbe, tragedy

1664: Othon, tragedy

1666: Agésilas, tragedy

1667: Attila, tragedy

1670: Tite et Bérénice, heroic comedy

1671: Psyché, tragic ballet, in collaboration with Molière, Quinault, and Lully

1672: Pulchérie, heroic comedy

1684: Death of Corneille on October 1st

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