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Prometheus

Lord Byron
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Ashley Ackerman

on 5 May 2010

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Transcript of Prometheus

Prometheus (Composed July or Early August 1816) Lord Byron Dr. Frankenstein stole the "fire" of life from the gods. Prometheus, known for his intelligence, stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the mortals. Zeus punished him by having him bound to a rock to have his liver eaten every day by a great eagle, Only to have it grown back to be eaten again the next day. The first stanza of the poem asks the reader what did Prometheus gain from his devotion to human suffering? The second stanza explains what power is and to who it belongs. It shows the struggle between Prometheus and Zeus and explains that in his silence Prometheus gains victory. The third stanza shows Prometheus as a hero who was punished for the benefit of mankind. He symbolizes the duality of man as partly divine. Byron wants readers to see that patience and virtue trump suffering Prometheus decides to give man fire so that humanity will not die out on Earth. In Frankenstein the act of giving life to another person is immoral because it goes against all the laws of nature. Prometheus is a symbol of protest against religion, morality, limitations to human endeavors and the abuse of power Comparing Victor Frankenstein to Prometheus-
Frankenstein, goes too far..he insists on pushing the limits, and learns to give life to a manmade body.
Prometheus took clay and water and shaped human beings according to the image of the gods. They both try to be something like a God and they both end up suffering for their creations.
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