Prometheus Fire Symbolism

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  • Prometheus steals fire to help us puny mortals.
  • Son of Saturn, aegis-bearing Jove, your heart is cold, for you have refused to give the gift of fire to mankind. However, I, son of Iapetus, shall bring the gift of fire from distant Mt. Olympus to the earth.
  • Prometheus gives us fire.
  • Have some fire, puny mortal!
  • Prometheus teaches us things that makes us civilized human beings.
  • Yay! Fire! It has saved us all!
  • "'Mankind shall have fire in spite in spite of the tyrant* who sits on the mountain top.'" -Prometheus. * Tyrant- a person who uses government power unjustly.
  • Now, children, what have you learned about fire? Jupiter did not want to give fire to mankind because he feared that they would grow so mighty, that we would overthrow the gods.
  • "'Not a spark will I give. No, indeed! Why, if men had fire they might become wise and strong like ourselves, and after a while, they would drive us out of our kingdom!"
  • "He called some of the shivering men from their caves and built a fire for them, and showed themselves how to warm themselves by it and how to build other fires from the coals."
  • Prometheus is getting killed, but not really. (He's immortal.)
  • I am an eagle. No matter what I look like, I am actually an eagle. I am employed by the dread son of Saturn to tear out Prometheus' liver!
  • "'A new Golden Age shall come, brighter and better by far than the old!'"
  • So, one of the symbols in this story is...
  • So, you see, Jupiter was a meanie. He feared that we would become great and better than the gods.
  • Prometheus gave us fire and helped us become civilized, even though he knew that he would get punished in a horrendous manner.
  • Fire symbolizes self sacrifice because Prometheus sacrificed a big portion of his never-ending life to give fire to us puny mortals when he really didn't have to. However, he thought that giving fire to mankind and helping them become civilized creatures was the right thing to do, so he did so, even when he knew that he would get a cruel and unusual punishment for doing so.
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