Support had been growing for a new approach to tragedy that aimed at "regularity" through observance of what were called the classical unities
. Corneille responded by experimenting in the tragic form with Medee (performed 1635).
Racine's tragedies resemble those of Corneille in their rigid adherence to a single theme shorn of all irrelevancies, in their loyalty to the classical unities
, and in their careful exposition of character and depiction of powerful spiritual conflicts.
Masks were a convention of classical Greek theater, but Barton is not writing a true-to-form Greek tragedy (even if each of the plays essentially does observe the classical unities
The style and dramaturgy are of course Senecan, laden with sententious utterances like the one just quoted, composed of long speeches, observing the decorums of the classical unities
and the reporting of offstage violence through the dialogue.
It is written in alexandrines and observes the classical unities
to the letter; at the end all the characters die, on the same day and in the same place.