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Prometheus, Episode 1 saved the human race from being ground / To dust. Sources: Aeschylus: A Collection of Critical Essays (20th Century Views) edited by Marsh H. McCall, Ancient History Encyclopedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Gadfly Represents human suffering caused by the gods Chains Stand for the cruelty of Zeus’s tyrannical rule Fire Represents gifts of technology, reason, and creativity Symbols Chorus Daughters of Oceanus; sympathetic to Prometheus but fear rousing Zeus’s anger; represent mortal citizens’ fear of the gods Zeus Newly ascendant king of the Olympian gods; has no compassion for others’ suffering; violent, punishing, and tyrannical Prometheus Bold god; defies Zeus and steals his fire to help humankind; is suffering, chained to a rocky cliff, but knows a powerful secret Main Characters A patriotic Athenian, Aeschylus fought the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. Known as the creator of Greek tragedy, he was the first playwright to use two actors on stage at once. In later works, he added a third. He won many prizes at drama competitions and wrote as many as 90 plays, of which only seven survive. AESCHYLUSc. 525–456 BCE Author Children’s Literature Prometheus not only steals fire, but teaches humans all the arts and sciences. Compassion for Humanity Zeus uses violence to control his realm, but Prometheus’s knowledge is greater. Knowledge vs. Brute Force The new god Zeus rules with a brutal hand, crushing the powers of the past. Tyranny As punishment for giving fire to humans, Prometheus is chained to a rocky cliff. Blessed with the gift of prophecy, he comforts the suffering Io by predicting her future. Only he knows the secret of how Zeus will be dethroned, but he will not reveal it until he is freed. A Compassionate God in Chains THEMES Ancient Greek Original Language c. 463 BCE Year First Performed Aeschylus Author Prometheus Bound Women’s Studies War Literature Tragedy Self-Help Science Fiction Science Satire Romance Religion Psychology Political Science Poetry Philosophy Nonfiction Nature Mythology Mystery Memoir Horror History Historical Fiction Fiction Fantasy Fairy Tales Economics Dystopian Drama Comedy Biography Autobiography Argument Adventure Short Stories Short Story Series Religious Text Primary Source Poetry Play Novella Novel Nonfiction Essay Epic Poem Book Type

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