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Destruction of power is unjust destruction of corrupt power deserves justice Disobeying the god of gods Zeus a mere titan with the power of foresight challenges the powers of the heaven that ultimately leads to his destruction Prometheus Bound a play by Aeschylus portrays the punishment of this titan Prometheus Prometheus receives reprimand because he turns against Zeus demands by giving the gift of fire to man In turn Zeus orders the titans Might and Violence to bind Prometheus to a rock for all eternity Through the viewpoint of Prometheus the chorus of Oceanids and Might Aeschylus clearly develops the theme of the penalty for the corruption of power First of all to understand the unlawful penalty in which Prometheus endures the most substantial viewpoint comes from his very own eyes In fact Prometheus protests the injustice of his position when he states The gifts I gave to man have harnessed me beneath this harsh duress6 Seemingly Prometheus receives castigation for his kind acts towards man instead of gratitude By disobeying Zeus Prometheus risks his well being for the sake of helping mankind Overrun by his feelings of injustice Prometheus conveys the plight of his misfortunes in hopes of a sympathizer Thus Prometheus explains Such are the bonds that the new-throned Lord of blest hath designed6 Though he cannot alter his fate Prometheus details his dilemma for those who feel pity for him Explaining first to the chorus of Oceanids the titan tells how Zeus orders him to be placed upon the rock Moreover Prometheus continues with I am debarred from pity and thus I stand Tortured to Zeus a spectacle of shame11 Suffering for his actions Prometheus rejects any who try to help him For Prometheus the punishment reflects the injustice of Zeus power Prometheus exists as an example for all others who might dare to disobey the gods In the myth of Prometheus Zeus feels remorseful for the punishment he bestows
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