Journal 10

Journal 10 - gaining power not in creating violence...

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In Aeschylus’ Prometheus, the first scene, if I may, provides an example of the relationship between Power and Violence that I find rather odd. We know that they are carrying Prometheus to get him shackled but Violence is virtually not even a part of this scene. Power proves to be a sadistic agent of Zeus, continuously urging Hephaistos to complete the Father’s orders. I question the point of Violence being a part of this play as a whole. He has no lines of dialogue; we only know that Violence follows Power and leaves silently. I think that Power has all the lines of dialogue which play a major role in the first scene because Zeus is interested in
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Unformatted text preview: gaining power, not in creating violence. Throughout Prometheus Bound, we find that Zeus is becoming a tyrannical ruler and is interested in gaining power, never a mention of him in instigating violence or attempting to create problems in the heavens. Power symbolizes what Zeus is becoming as he gains more Power. It is also ironic that Power is one of the two agents that took Prometheus. Out of all other gods, Power, what Zeus is gaining, carries out his order because Zeus has the power to bound Prometheus. In all honesty, the play was really amazing and all the elements of Greek myth that I have learned I saw in this myth....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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