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"Hippolytus is an insufferable prig: Theseus an impetuous fool, but both are victims of the gods". To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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"Hippolytus is an insufferable prig: Theseus an impetuous fool, but both are victims of the gods" To what extent do you agree with this statement. First the definition of insufferable, is extremely annoying, he would be annoying to the audience because his virginal behaviour would seem rather odd for a young man his age and the levels to which he takes it very extreme. He is very ignorant also, he maintain great amonts of praise towards Artemis, but doesn't do the same for Aphrodite, because he somehow feels his way, or her way of life is better, he doesn't have any real reason for following this and so he does appear self-righteous and ignorant. ...read more.

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Theseus is Impetuous, as in he does act irrationally, and because Hippolytus was innocent makes his punishment and behaviour towards him particularly impetous, he shows remourse later in the book which tells me if he had known the truth he wudnt have done it, which leaves me to think is there anyway he could have found out the truth. The answer to that is probably no, he finds his wife dead, a shock in itself, but the finds a note saying she was raped. Even in legal scenarios today this would be very hard to prove either way but the court will rule Hippolytus to be guilty unless he can prove his innocence, which is nearly impossible as there are no witnesses, and the plaintiff is dead. ...read more.

Conclusion

Aphrodite was hellbent on destroying him, and she mangages to do this meaning he most definitely is the victim But maybe he brought it upon himself, if he ws less arrogant, and heeded the servants advice, or maybe was more pious and respected all the Gods this would never have happened to him. Theseus is a victim here, he loses not only his son, but his wife, he is the victim of a lie, as he believes his son to be a rapist, he didn't do anything wrong, it was all fate and beyond his control that the Gods would mess them all about like that. Artemis is very cold and detached to Hippolytus at the end saying she isn't a victim, just Hippolytus and his parents, which shos she was in on the ongoings behind the scenes and the humans are relly oblivious to everything. ...read more.

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