Prometheus myth

By: Jon Perez & Ty Barnett

Definition

In Ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus was said to be the wisest of all the Titans. In the form of fire Prometheus is credited with bringing mankind knowledge and enlightenment.

Facts about the Prometheus myth

  • Prometheus made man out of mud and Athena breathed life into his clay figure.
  • Prometheus assigned Epimetheus the task of giving the creatures of earth their various qualities, such as swiftness, cunning, strength, fur, and wings.
  • By the time he got to man, Epimetheus had given all of the good qualities out so Prometheus decided to make all man stand up right.
  • Prometheus was the most fond of man
  • He was the son of the Titan Iapetus and of Clymene or Themis
  • he foresaw the defeat of the Titans by the Olympians, so he sided with Zeus and thus was spared the punishment of the other Titans.
  • When Zeus mistreated man, Prometheus stole fire from the gods, gave it to man, and taught him many useful arts and sciences

Prometheus in Frankenstein

  • The full title of Mary Shelley's novel is Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus.
  • Aside from the title, Shelley borrows from the tale of Prometheus a sense of consequence resulting from seeking enlightenment and power.
  • Victor Frankenstein is Shelley's modern incarnation of Prometheus in the book.
  • Frankenstein and Prometheus were both fascinated with the power of electricity. (lightning)