Prometheus: The Fire-Bringer
By:
Characters in the story.
• Prometheus
• Zeus
• Pandora
• Gods
• Mortal Humans
Facts about Zeus
• Historians believe that Zeus was born in a cave
on Mount Ida on the island of Crete.
• Unlike mainland Greeks, The Cretans believed
that Zeus died and was resurrected annually.
• Zeus was the father of Hercules, Dionysos,
Arthena and he had many more children. Those
are just the top three known children that Zeus
had.
• Some ebperts believe that “Zeus” wasn’t his real
name and that was his god name.
Facts About Prometheus
• In Greek mythology, Prometheus means a
great benefactor of mankind.
• He was son of the Titan Iapetus and of
Clymene or Themis.
• In a legend, Prometheus saved a human
race from extinction by warning his son
about a huge flood.
• In myths, Prometheus was released my
Hercules, Zeus’ father.
Facts about Pandora
• Pandora was a Greek Goddess.
• Pandora’s weaknesses are Deceitful, later
her curiosity.
• Her parents are Prometheus and
Epimetheus.
• She was named the “Mother of Troubles”
• Pandora's name means the "one who
gives all gifts" and has a positive
connotation.
Motifs
• Violation-Zeus warns Prometheus not to
trick him although he does
• Trickery-tricks Zeus into getting the bad
food
• Absentation-Prometheus goes to see Zeus
• Complicity-Zeus picks the bad sacrifice
• Inetdiction-Zeus warns of consequences
Group Questions
•
1. What is the initial problem for the protagonist?
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Saving the mortal men from Zeus
2. What initial goal does the protagonist desire?
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Keeping the men safe and well
3. How does the protagonist set out to solve his or her problem
and/or obtain his or her goal?
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He goes to see Zeus and talk about why he should not harm
his humans because they give him a worthy sacrifice
4. What actions are rewarded or admired? What rewards are
given? By Whom? How are the rewards appropriate for the
actions
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They are able to give Zeus an appropriate sacrifice and he
steals then fire back from Zeus
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And the humans still live at the end of the story
Group Questions Cont.
5. What actions are punished or despised? What punishments are given?
By whom? How are the punishments appropriate for the actions?
– Prometheus tricks Zeus into picking the bad sacrifice of ox and he
steals then fire back from Zeus.
– Zeus forbids man to use fire after Prometheus tricks him and after
Prometheus steals it back. Zeus creates Pandora and sends her out to
cause havoc on man.
6.What cultural traditions, customs, values, beliefs, or knowledge are
presented in story?
– That they believe in the Olympians, Titans and that Zeus created
women and the Prometheus created men.
7. What is the lesson of the story? Support this answer with quotes from
the text that point to this lesson.
– Don’t think thar you are greater then the highest power.
• “and your punishment will teach the deathless ones and mortal
ones that Zeus who reigns on High is, indeed, Greatest of the
Immortals, and he is to be honored and feared above all others.”
Group Questions Cont.
•
8. How could the story still speak to us
today/ Hoe might it change in today’s
society and in our culture?
– It teaches that people should listen to those
that are above you whether its in a law or in
the family and that we should respect them.
Significance the story has on the
culture.
• Beliefs
• Psych
• Political
• Creators
• History
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