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Aeschylus

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Prometheus,Episode 1saved the human race from beingground / To dust.Sources:Aeschylus: A Collection of Critical Essays(20th Century Views)edited by Marsh H. McCall,Ancient History Encyclopedia, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc.GadflyRepresents human sufferingcaused by the godsChainsStand for the cruelty ofZeus’s tyrannical ruleFireRepresents gifts oftechnology, reason, andcreativitySymbolsChorusDaughters of Oceanus; sympatheticto Prometheus but fear rousing Zeus’sanger; represent mortal citizens’ fearof the godsZeusNewly ascendant king of theOlympian gods; has no compassionfor others’ suffering; violent, punishing,and tyrannicalPrometheusBold god; defies Zeus and stealshis fire to help humankind; is suffering,chained to a rocky cliff, but knowsa powerful secretMain CharactersA patriotic Athenian,Aeschylus fought thePersians at the Battle ofMarathon. Known as thecreator of Greek tragedy,he was the first playwrightto use two actors on stageat once. In later works,he added a third. He wonmany prizes at dramacompetitions and wrote asmany as 90 plays, ofwhich only seven survive.AESCHYLUSc. 525–456 BCEAuthorChildren’s LiteraturePrometheus not only stealsfire, but teaches humans allthe arts and sciences.Compassion forHumanityZeus uses violence to controlhis realm, but Prometheus’sknowledge is greater.Knowledge vs.Brute ForceThe new god Zeus rules witha brutal hand, crushing thepowers of the past.TyrannyAs punishment for giving fire to humans, Prometheus is chained to arocky cliff. Blessed with the gift of prophecy, he comforts thesuffering Io by predicting her future. Only he knows the secret ofhow Zeus will be dethroned, but he will not reveal it until he is freed.A CompassionateGod in ChainsTHEMESAncient GreekOriginal Languagec. 463 BCEYear First PerformedAeschylusAuthorPrometheusBoundWomen’s StudiesWar LiteratureTragedySelf-HelpScience FictionScienceSatireRomanceReligionPsychologyPolitical SciencePoetryPhilosophyNonfictionNatureMythologyMysteryMemoirHorrorHistoryHistorical FictionFictionFantasyFairy TalesEconomicsDystopianDramaComedyBiographyAutobiographyArgumentAdventureShort StoriesShort StorySeriesReligious TextPrimary SourcePoetryPlayNovellaNovelNonfictionEssayEpic PoemBook Type

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