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Prometheus Bound Macbeth Ubu Roi Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely This quote by Lord Acton showcases what many literary works reflect the capabilities of a dangerous thirst for power to cripple the strongest of bonds whether familial or not Dating back to the Bible with the story of Cain and Abel the craving for superiority caused the breaking of the very first brotherly bond with the death of one at his own brothers hands The works of Prometheus Bound Macbeth and Ubu Roi all make use of this literary melody a strong relationship destroyed by one of its own members as the tumultuous climb into power is undertaken The first component of this equation is of course the bond that will ultimately be broken In a work by Aeschylus entitled Prometheus Bound this bond is shattered prior to the commencement of the play Preceding Prometheus being chained to the mountain he and Zeus had been friends It should be understood before reading the play Prometheus and Zeus were cousins During the overthrow of the Titans the former rulers of Mount Olympus Prometheus sided with his cousin Zeus and helped him attain victory It is insinuated by Prometheus that he would have sided differently had he known what was to occur Then look on him who was the friend of ZeusAnd Fellow-founder of his tyrannyIn what fell agonies he bends my limbs 14 This same relationship of friendship and betrayal is found in the work Ubu Roi written by Alfred Jarry In this absurdist play Papa Turd guided by Mama Turd wished to overthrow King Wenceslaus and take control of Poland The murder of the king was too great a job for Papa Turd to undertake on his on and so he sought out the help of Captain Bordure Bordure accepted of the plan and promised to aid Papa Turd in his journey for power Papa Turd immediately professed his love for Captain Bordure
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