[Play Review] Prometheus Bound

2940014965798_p0_v1_s260x420Prometheus Bound

(Part 1 of 3 of The Prometheus)

Aeschylus

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
In Greek legend, Prometheus was the Titan who, against the will of Zeus, stole fire from the gods for the benefit of man. His terrible punishment by Zeus, and his continuing defiance of Zeus in the face of that punishment, remain universal symbols of man’s vulnerability in any struggle with the gods.

What did you think of this play?

First off, let me clarify: I only read the first of three plays to this trilogy, as (I believe) that is the only one known to still exist. The other two, which are missing are “Prometheus Unbound” and “Prometheus Liberator of Fire.”

As for what I thought? Well I thought it was an extremely enjoyable read! I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to read the play behind the famous motif of Prometheus, friend of man. The basic understanding behind the myth is a simple one: Prometheus gives gifts to man and in doing so saves them from Zeus’ destruction, for which he is punished and left in eternal torment.

What struck me as rather interesting was the fact that he not only gave fire to mankind, but he also gave Man hope. This, beyond anything else, may very well be the gift that outshines all others. For one thing is for certain: Man’s ability to hope and believe without proof, without a shadow of a doubt in things unseen, unheard, unknown… literally puts mankind leagues beyond all other creation. By having hope and being able to see beyond the immediate dire-ness of a situation, human beings can strive to accomplish so much. All on the hope that one day things will be better. Change can happen. If you believe it, you dreams can come true.

It’s almost comical in a way, that Zeus should be so angered by the gift of fire being handed over to the mortals, instead of the gift of hope. Especially since it is Man’s capacity to hope which ensures their continued survival even to this day.

Hands down, this play might be among my favourites of the Greek tragedies. Namely for its exquisite metaphors and parallels when comparing it to other myths of firebringers and helpers of mankind. (See Olofat, Coyote, Beaver, Dog, Azazel, Maui, Nanabozho, and others. And although Loki is not said to be a bearer of fire to humans, he too suffers a similar punishment as Prometheus, although perhaps a more gruesome of a one.)

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Sure does~ Although it was specifically read for the 2015 Play On Reading Challenge! It also fits these challenges as well:

Would you recommend this book?

Highly recommended! As far as plays go, this is right up there among the best! I’m definitely going to give this one another read this year.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Written: ca. 430 B.C.E
Format: PDF
Pages: 64
Genre & Themes: Mythology, Greek Mythology,
Tragedy, Plays, Prometheus, Absolute Power,
Power Hungry, Gods & Goddesses, Fantasy,
Betrayal, Anguish, Torment, Punishment,
Tyranny, Fire, Firebringer, Vengeance, Cruelty,
Injustice, Defiance
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Click here!
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (19),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 Play On Reading ChallengeEthereal 2015
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2 thoughts on “[Play Review] Prometheus Bound

  1. Brandy Robertson February 27, 2015 at 1:02 PM Reply

    Very cool! I’ve had an interest in ancient mythology for as long as I can remember, but it is rare that I ever get around to reading it. I’m also realising that I really do not read enough plays. And I completely agree with your sentiment that hope is one of the greatest gifts, hope and kindness!

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    • amomentsilence March 1, 2015 at 4:56 AM Reply

      You should definitely give reading mythology and plays a try! They can both be quite enlightening and thought-provoking. 🙂 I’ve also found that I don’t read enough plays, but I always find the time to get in a little mythos, be it original origins or retellings/modern day fantasy based mythology.

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