Philoctetes

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  • The Morality Of Philoctetes In Homer's Odyssey

    Throughout the play Philoctetes is unyielding in his principles who does not progress throughout the play. For years Philoctetes has been segregated and isolated from the rest of society. Since he was left on the island of Lemnos his anger built up for the person responsible of leaving him there to suffer: Odysseus. The story begins with Odysseus speaking to Neoptolemus about what he must say and act when they arrive to the Island which Philoctetes was stranded on. Believing that it is best to use trickery to get Philoctetes to join their side. At first Neoptolemus believes it is better to succeed without using this he follows the orders given by Odysseus by stating that Odysseus had Achilles armor and would not give it to him even though he is Achilles son. Philoctetes hatred for Odysseus won out and he began to trust Neoptolemus even going so far as to show him the bow of Hercules. While Philoctetes is filled with discomfort and misery and merits human kindness but unfortunately he does not receive this treatment. Neoptolemus feeling the guilt of what he had done wants to give the bow back to Philoctetes and after an argument with Odysseus he gives it back. After Odysseus flees, Neoptolemus tries to coax Philoctetes to come back and help in the Trojan war. Philoctetes arrogance and superiority is like a virus that spreads throughout everyone in…

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  • The Cure Of Troy: Analysis: The Cure Of Troy

    The Cure of Troy: Analysis on Philoctetes The character of Philoctetes in Sophocles play is indeed the most morally intricate in all the plays he had written. Philoctetes illustrate the interconnection of the three characters which presents a range of predicament and discrepancy. He is a monistic hero, shaped in the style of its predecessor from Illiadic and Sophoclean influence and is animated by abhorrence and resentment. In portraying his role, Philoctetes has come in conflict with Odysseus…

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  • Odysseus Conflict Analysis

    Although he accepts the mission, Neoptolemus is not thrilled with the plan at hand, stating, “Son of Laertes(Odysseus), what I dislike to hear. I hate to put in execution….. I would prefer to fail with honor than win by cheating.”[86-96] Nevertheless, he follows Odysseus orders to the end. However, feeling a sense of pity and guilt for deceiving Philoctetes he discloses his true mission. Neoptolemus feels he has betrayed his father and all he stands for. Neoptolemus states “I shall be seen to be…

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  • Neoptolemus And Philocten: The Inner Nature Of Friendship

    island of Lemnos, some meet Philoctetes and learn his melancholy history. However, no one gives him the aid he needs to escape his solitary existence and return to civilization. Except for Neoptolemus. He becomes friends with Philoctetes, at first to steal the bow of Heracles, but later due to his friendly feelings towards Philoctetes. Philoctetes too, has friendly feelings towards Neoptolemus, which survive even after Neoptolemus has seemingly betrayed him. What it is about Philoctetes and…

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  • Odysseus And Neoptolemus Character Analysis

    When examining the text of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, it demonstrates the conflict of individuals and society during the Greek period. The relationship between the individual and their society is a topic of constant interest not only to philosophers and religious thinkers, but for each of us. Every person has plans, hopes, expectations, and needs. Their society has its own, in the form of laws, traditions, and needs for the greater good. Not to mention, often times the needs and demands of the…

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  • Philocetes Neoptolemus Character Analysis

    Through analysis of major characters in Sophocles’ Philocetes, one can see that an individual’s needs, feelings, or behaviors do not always align with the values of society. The values upheld by society are often times contradictory to those of a certain individual. Our society is flawed and unfortunately, faulty values exist. It is also important to keep in mind whether the individual acts for good or evil. This often times non existing reflection between individual and societal values…

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  • The Bow Of Herakles: Play Analysis

    Sophocles’ Philoctetes. It is used both as a visual and verbal motif throughout the play. Copious references to the Bow convey important themes that ultimately prepares the play’s audience for the events that transpire in the exodos. Some of these points include ___. The significance of the Bow is made evident in the play with several references to the prophecy within which it is invoked. The first of these references was an indirect allusion to the prophecy by Odysseus to Neoptolemus in the…

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  • Odysseus Compare And Contrast

    Odysseus is arguably one of the most famous ancient Greek literary characters that has ever existed. This is largely thanks to works like The Odyssey and Philoctetes and the events that occur in the epic and play. Given that in the ancient Greek culture, men married at around 30 years of age, and Odysseus was married to Penelope with a son just before he went to Troy and was thus gone for 20 years, the audience can assume that in The Odyssey, Odysseus is approximately between the ages of 48 to…

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  • Analysis Of Sophocles The Cure At Troy And How I Learned To Drive

    Troy and How I Learned to Drive, the principal characters who suffer from issues with their bodies are vulnerable to “predators” who want to take advantage of them. In the play The Cure at Troy, Sophocles presents us a tragedy about pain and suffering through Philoctetes. Philoctetes was a great warrior who suffers from a deeply painful wound on the foot.…

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  • Night-Time Analysis

    Culturally the truth value of honesty has changed from history compared to this century. Philoctetes a 12th century story showed the value of honesty in different way than the 21st century of the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Both story showed characters who understand the true value of honesty different. Both story showed a different perspective of knowing how to tell the truth and when to tell the truth as of for Philoctetes the main character Neoptolemus believed it shows…

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