Change good to their own nature. I gave all He has; and in return he chains me here Years, ages, night and day:
Three thousand years of torture Prometheus suffers there, while an eagle continually eats at his heart and he is afflicted by heat, cold, and many other torments. Prometheus nevertheless continues to defy the power of Jupiter. At last Prometheus asks Panthea and Ione, the two Oceanides, to repeat to him the curse he had pronounced upon Jupiter when Jupiter first began to torture him.
Neither his mother Earth nor the Oceanides will answer him. At last the Phantasm of Jupiter appears and repeats the curse. When Prometheus hears the words, he repudiates them.
Now that he has suffered tortures and finds that his spirit remains unconquered, he wishes pain to no living thing. Then Mercury approaches with the Furies.
Mercury tells the captive Prometheus that he will suffer even greater tortures if he does not reveal the secret that he alone knows—the future fate of Jupiter.
Jupiter, afraid, wishes to avert catastrophe by learning the secret, and Mercury promises Prometheus that he will be released if he reveals it. Although the Furies try to frighten him by describing the pains they can inflict, they know they have no power over his soul.
Fear and hypocrisy rule; tyrants take the thrones of the world. A group of spirits appear and prophesy that Love will cure the ills of humankind. They prophesy also that Prometheus will be able to bring Love to earth and halt the reign of evil and grief.
When the spirits have gone, Prometheus acknowledges the power of Love, for his love for Asia, his wife, has enabled him to suffer pain without surrendering. While Asia, alone in a lovely valley, mourns for her lost husband, Panthea appears to tell of two dreams she has had.
In one, she saw Prometheus released from bondage and all the world filled with sweetness. In the other dream she received only a command to follow. Just then the echoes in the valley break their silence, calling for Asia and Panthea to follow them.
The listeners obey and follow the echoes to the realm of Demogorgon, the supreme power ruling the gods. There Demogorgon tells Asia and Panthea that he will answer any question they put to him.
When they ask who made the living world, he replies that God created it. Then they ask who made pain and evil. Prometheus had given knowledge to humankind, but humankind had not eradicated evil with all the gifts of science.
They ask whether Jupiter is the source of these ills, the evil master over humanity. Demogorgon answers that nothing that serves evil can be master, for only eternal Love rules all.
Asia asks when Prometheus will gain his freedom and bring Love into the world to conquer Jupiter. Demogorgon then shows his guests the passage of the Hours. Meanwhile, Jupiter, who has just married Thetis, celebrates his omnipotence over all but the human soul.
Then Demogorgon appears and pronounces judgment on Jupiter. Jupiter cries for mercy, but his power is gone. He sinks downward through darkness and ruin. At the same time, Herakles approaches Prometheus.
Joyfully, Prometheus tells Asia how they will spend the rest of their days together with Love. Then he sends the Spirit of the Hour to announce his release to all humankind. He kisses Earth, and Love infuses all of her animal, vegetable, and mineral parts.
The Spirit of Earth later comes to the cave where Asia and Prometheus live and tells them of the transformation that has come over humankind. Anger, pride, insincerity, and all the other ills of humanity have passed away. The Spirit of the Hour reports other wonders that have taken place.Prometheus Unbound is a four-act play by Percy Bysshe Shelley first published in , concerned with the torments of the Greek mythological figure Prometheus and his suffering at the hands of Zeus.
It is inspired by Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound and concerns Prometheus' release from captivity.
Complete summary of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Prometheus Unbound. Prometheus Unbound: A Brief Synopsis. Like its Greek predecessor by the same name, Percy Shelley's drama, Prometheus Unbound centers on the titan, Prometheus,' release from captivity, but the.
Prometheus. Monarch of Gods and Dæmons, and all Spirits. Prometheus Unbound By Percy Bysshe Shelley About this Poet The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair.
The major themes are there in Shelley’s dramatic if short life and in his works, enigmatic. Percy Bysshe Shelley (/ b Shelley completed Prometheus Unbound in Rome, and he spent mid writing a tragedy, The Cenci, in Leghorn An analysis of the poem by the only person known to have examined the whole work at the time of the original discovery appeared in the Times Literary Supplement.
Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Prometheus Unbound. Act 1. SCENE: A ravine of icy rocks in the Indian Caucasus. Prometheus is discovered bound to the precipice. Pantea and Ione are seated at his feet. Time, night. During the scene, morning slowly breaks.