Neoptolemus is Achilles’s son, whom he has not seen in nine years by the time Ransom begins. Although Achilles himself will die before he has the chance to see his son again, he has a vision of Neoptolemus in the future: he sees his son, now a teenager, killing Priam during the final sack of Troy to avenge Achilles’s death. Malouf expands on this in the final pages of the novel, depicting the killing as an unsatisfying attempt on Neoptolemus’s part to live up to his father’s legacy, and an act that will haunt Neoptolemus with shame for the rest of his life.
Neoptolemus Quotes in Ransom
The Ransom quotes below are all either spoken by Neoptolemus or refer to Neoptolemus. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Ransom published in 2009.).
Part 5 Quotes
Neoptolemus Character Timeline in Ransom
The timeline below shows where the character Neoptolemus appears in Ransom. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The narrator skips forward, explaining that Priam’s actual death will be nothing like what Neoptolemus had imagined. Instead of mildly accepting his death, Priam watches in terror as Neoptolemus runs... (full context)