The Philoctetes Play as it Relates to Isolation Comparison Essay by Nicky

The Philoctetes Play as it Relates to Isolation
A representation of Sophocles' play, "Philoctetes," and how it relates to isolation.
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This paper offers an analytical view of the parallel between Sophocles' play, "Philoctetes," and Cuba with regard to the way they both relate to isolation. The paper describes the causes and events leading to isolation, as they appear in both the play and the historical reality as well as the effects of isolation itself. This paper explains that Philoctetes was isolated on an island because he was bit on the foot on his way to fight in the Trojan War and that his wound produced great pain and a bad smell, for which his companions decide to abandon him on an island. The paper then suggests that Cuba's isolation was partly caused and motivated by similar elements as Philoctetes's isolation. The main cause of Cuba's isolation on the international stage was the fact that Fidel Castro assumed power by force and inaugurated a Communist regime that lasts to this day.

From the Paper:

"Similarly to Philoctetes, who was the only one bit by the snake and who was thus isolated from the group because he was now different, the international community has isolated Cuba at this point because there are not many countries left with similar beliefs and similar political systems like Cuba has. Except for North Korea and China, both who still have extensive contacts with Cuba (in North Korea's case, most likely, because of its own isolation), and some countries in Latin America, Cuba has been isolated in its contacts. Its isolation has also come from something that has been mentioned when referring to Philoctetes as well. As shown, Philoctetes was also abandoned because the nature of his wound was uncertain and because there could have been a fear within his colleagues about the disease spreading to the other healthy people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sophocles (translated by Carl Philips). Philoctetes. Oxford University Press US, 2003

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