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AESCHYLUS Prometheus Bound

We see his stature affirmed when he Zeus pays attention to his final words. We also see his stature affirmed because even though his location is remote, he is visited by two gods, a mortal and the chorus. His importance is verified by his visits from Ocean, Io, and Hermes. However, one of the main reasons for this stature and prominence is his capacity for persuasiveness. He convinces Ocean to leave him in a marvelously persuasive passage wherein he depicts to Ocean the trials and tribulations suffered by his friends and family. He covers the punishments of his brother Atlas and his friend Typhon at the hands of Zeus. By the time he arrives at the end of this passage, he has convinced Ocean it will do him no good to stay on his behalf:

And I will drain my cup to the last drop,

until Zeus shall abate his insolence of rage.

OCEAN: And yet you know the saying.

PROMETHEUS: Not when the heart is full to bursting.

Wait for the crisis; then the balm will soothe.

OCEAN: But if one were discreet as well as daring?

You don't see danger then? Advise me.

PROMETHEUS: I see your trouble wasted,

and you good-natured to the point of folly.

OCEAN: That's a complaint I don't mind catching.

PROMETHEUS: But he will lay to me all that you do.

OCEAN: There you have said what needs must send me home.

The third aspect of Prometheus' nature that draws our sympathy to him and not Zeus is his caring or concern for humanity. The theft of the fire is a symbol of caring, because through this theft humans became independent. Yet, Prometheus' caring is not clear-cut and solely admirable because even though it represents wisdom, intelligence and independe


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