A story of philoctetes

The hero Philoctetes in Greek mythology

What is left after the battle — only a bow, a wounded foot? And so the creative personality is the one who uses art as a way of transcending trauma.

Philoctetes, A Soldier’s Story

They scream out line by line as the show continues. Disguise and seeming are the subject of the poem: The artist chooses the road of insight over that of pathology.


After ten years of war, the Greeks seemed unable to finish off Troy. Neoptolemus is torn between taking the bow as the Chorus of sailors advises and returning it to the pitiful Philoctetes.

At first he says no. Odysseus now also reveals himself and tries to persuade Philoctetes but, after a raging argument ensues, Odysseus is finally forced to flee before the incensed Philoctetes kills him. Even at the cost of reconstituting my own existence.


Translated by Robert Fagles. With his foot bandaged from the horrors of war, we see the great flaw. Instead, he took them to the spot and placed his foot on top.

Aquila Theatre Company finds the safe space, and acts a medium, as the stories are being shared. A modern interpretation of the cause of his wound is that he was scratched by a poisoned arrow. Heracles wore the shirt of Nessus and built his own funeral pyre.

All of it is taken very seriously. When the war started, Cassandra, the seer, said that without the bow of Heracles, which is only possessed by Philoctetes and which he inherited from his father, the war could not be won. Philoctetes willingly obeys him.

As such, he was required to participate in the conflict to reclaim her for Menelaus in the Trojan War. Many believe that it's the Trojan Horse that is the key to winning the war, but actually it's the bow of Heracles.Philoctetes was the son of King Poeas in Greek mythology, a Greek hero who participated in the Trojan War.

Philoctetes, A Soldier’s Story

He first appeared in the story of Heracles ' demise; the great hero had worn the tainted Shirt of Nessus which gave him insufferable pain.

The story of Philoctetes, a warrior leader on the Greek expedition to Troy, has long been a favourite of writers and visual artists.5/5(2). The Philoctetes myth reappears in a book by Edmund Wilson called The Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature.

Wilson modernizes the story, tying the wound to psychic trauma and the bow to the healing power of insight. In the background story of the play, during the Trojan war between Troy and Greece, the Greeks capture a Trojan seer who tells them they will need Philoctetes and Heracles' bow to win the war.

In the background, the myth of Philoctetes by Sophocles is narrated, playing against the images, it's as if the story was being brought to life by today's current events, word for word.

The Myth is brought to life, almost like a recurrence. One version of the story tells of Philoctetes being bit by a snake at the altar of Athena upon the island of Chryse.

Alternatively, Philoctetes was bitten by a snake sent by Apollo, when King Tenes of Tenedos, a son of Apollo, was killed by the Achaeans when en route to Troy.

A story of philoctetes
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