Prometheus Bound | Study Guide

Aeschylus

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The Chorus hopes always to honor the gods and never to make Zeus angry, but it shudders at the sight of Prometheus who, not fearing Zeus, honors mortals too greatly. Humans, who are weak and helpless, will be of no help to him and will never act beyond the will of Zeus. This sad truth is what the Chorus has learned from his example. And it is so different from the joyous song they sang for their sister Hesione when Prometheus took her as his bride.

Analysis

In keeping with previous scenes, the Chorus hopes not to make waves or offend those in power, reflecting the way ordinary citizens have to get along under the rule of an authoritarian dictatorship. By pointing out the weakness and helplessness of humans, the Chorus emphasizes the selflessness of Prometheus's actions: he had nothing to gain by helping them.

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