The Wavering Son
From the paper:
?The character of Neoptolemus in Sophocles? ?Philoctetes? shows a glimpse at the complex thought processes of a young man of integrity. The play also sets an interesting polarity of choice for Neoptolemus. Should he do what is right or should he do what is expedient? By doing both, he realizes the consequences of his decision to abandon morality. This growth in the character for Neoptolemus is a fine paradigm for the emotional maturity of the young.?