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Messenger Character Analysis

The messenger belongs to Hippolytus’ group of friends, and he is present in the crowd that escorts Hippolytus to his exile. He witnesses the earthquake, wave, and divine bull that kill Hippolytus on the shore, and returns to the palace to report it. Since this climax happened offstage, the messenger has the task of making it vivid to his listeners in his one appearance.

Messenger Quotes in Hippolytus

The Hippolytus quotes below are all either spoken by Messenger or refer to Messenger. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Desire, Sexuality, and Chastity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Hippolytus published in 1992.
Lines 1728-2208 Quotes

King, I am your slave, but don’t ask me
To believe that your son was guilty.
I couldn’t, not if the whole female sex
Hanged itself,
And all the timber on Mount Ida
Were sliced up to write suicide notes.
I know he was a good man.

Related Characters: Messenger (speaker), Theseus, Hippolytus
Page Number: 1902-1908
Explanation and Analysis:
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Messenger Character Timeline in Hippolytus

The timeline below shows where the character Messenger appears in Hippolytus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Lines 1728-2208
Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Cities and Place Theme Icon
A messenger enters, looking for Theseus, and reports that Hippolytus has died. When he learns that his... (full context)
Desire, Sexuality, and Chastity Theme Icon
Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Truth, Falsehood, and Reputation Theme Icon
When the messenger exits, the chorus sings a brief song to Aphrodite, recognizing her power over all things.... (full context)