Classical Journal. June 2008, Vol. 103 Issue 4, p433-448. 16p.
SYMPATHY, OEDIPUS (Greek mythology), AJAX (Greek mythological figure), PHILOCTETES (Mythological character), THESEUS, King of Athens (Mythological character), ODYSSEUS, King of Ithaca (Mythological character), NEOPTOLEMUS (Greek mythology), and PROTAGONISTS (Persons) in literature
The article provides a crtitique on Sophocles' Oedipus Coloneus, Ajax, and Philoctetes. It explores Sophocles' treatment of pity as the subject of the three plays. It is implied that his treatment of pity is a demonstration of the protagonists being neither beasts nor greater than other and being more civilized characters, but human in nature. The article investigates the limitations of Aristotle's own definition of pity and explains pity in the context of Theseus and Oedipus, Odysseus and Ajax, and Neoptolemus and Philoctetes.