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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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Philoctetes

Philoctetes

The cure on Lemnos

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(p.68) Chapter 7 Philoctetes
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The Tragedies of Sophocles
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James Morwood

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.003.0007

This chapter examines why Sophocles' presentation of his main character in his drama Philoctetes escaped ridicule, despite Sophocles painting his main protagonist in a repulsive manner. It argues that despite Philoctetes being portrayed in a repulsive manner, his integrity and the range of his language proved to be one of the greatest portrayals of a character in Greek tragedy. It adds that the versatility, range, and power, needed to play Philoctetes also effectively removed any opportunities of ridicule.

Keywords:   Philoctetes, Sophocles, Greek tragedy, portrayals, main character, drama

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