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Sophocles The Women of Trachis Nov 20, 2017

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Although his pain is so big that he is begging to be killed, Heracles makes a final wish that Hyllus is to marry Iole. At the end of the play, Heracles is carried off to be burned alive, as an ending to his suffering.

The Trachiniae has not been a favorite drama for the critics. Most of them consider it deficient when it comes to the techniques of the writing.
Those who consider it a bad play, assume that it was the work of the inexperienced young Sophocles, or, on the contrary, the work of decaying old Sophocles.
Despite the critics’ opinion, the play is generally appreciated by the public for its tenderness and pathos.
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