Philoctetes

by

Sophocles

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Paris Character Analysis

Paris is Priam’s son and the prince of Troy. According to Greek myth, the Trojan War began after Paris ran off with Helen, the wife of Menelaus, who was one of Atreus’s sons and the king of Sparta. When Heracles appears at the end of Philoctetes and convinces both Philoctetes and Neoptolemus to go to Troy, Heracles claims the 10-year war will finally end after Philoctetes kills Paris with his unerring bow and arrows.

Paris Quotes in Philoctetes

The Philoctetes quotes below are all either spoken by Paris or refer to Paris. 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:
Disability and Discrimination Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Philoctetes published in 2008.
Closing Scene (Lines 1408 – 1472) Quotes

You’ll go with Neoptolemus to Troy,
Where first your painful wound will soon be healed.
Then, chosen for your prowess from the host,
You’ll use my bow and arrows to bring down
Paris, the cause of all this bitter strife.
When you’ve sacked Troy, the army will present
You with the prize of valour, and you’ll bear
Your spoils back to your home on Oeta’s heights
To show your father Poeas. Do not fail,
Whatever spoils the army grants to you,
To lay a portion on my pyre in tribute
To my bow.

Related Characters: Heracles (speaker), Philoctetes, Neoptolemus, Poeas, Paris
Page Number: 255
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Paris Character Timeline in Philoctetes

The timeline below shows where the character Paris appears in Philoctetes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Closing Scene (Lines 1408 – 1472)
Decisions, Obligation, and the Greater Good Theme Icon
...his wound will be healed. Then, Philoctetes will use the bow and arrows to kill Paris and conquer Troy. Afterwards, Philoctetes can go home to his father, Poeas, and tell him... (full context)