Neoptolemus is the main character in the book Philoctetes written by Sophocles. Attempting to deceive a Greek god named Philoctetes, he became guilty, ruining the plans made by a Greek commander named Odysseus. Philoctetes was a Greek commander at Troy, that was abandoned by the Greek gods, including Odysseus. Long before meeting Neoptolemus, he was bitten by a snake, leaving him disabled with a foot in need of medical attention on the island of Lemnos. Based on the morals of the modern society, the character Neoptolemus would have demonstrated bravery because his reaction to the plan of deception was questionable. Neoptolemus genuinely felt bad for Philoctetes uncomfortable lifestyle, and eventually revealed his true plans for Philoctetes and his bow.
At the beginning of the twisted play Philoctetes, Odysseus, has very important and critical plans to deceive another Greek commander named Philoctetes. As the antagonist of the play, he uses Neoptolemus to carry out his plan; “You must deceive Philoctetes when you speak to him” (Line 53). Promising the young man, Neoptolemus, kleos. In ancient Greece, kleos was greatly valued, and people would rather die young with kleos, than to live a long, unidentified life. Although Neoptolemus knew that Odysseus’s plan was wrong. As he stated, “Son of Laertes, I find just listening to this sort of talk upsetting- and the thought of acting on it is repellent. I am not, and never been, the sort to cheat.” (Line 82-84), Neoptolemus tried