Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
- (1) How many principal actors does a producer need to hire to put on this play? (absolute minimum, with doubling of parts)
- (2) How does the play (a play) begin? (curtain, entrances, stage setting, etc.)?
- (3) What is the symbolic meaning of the presence of KRATOS (power) and BIA (viuolence) in the Prologue (and only the prologue)?
- (4) Who is the "Protagonist" in the play? How much of the time does he spend on the stage?
- (5) What part(s) does the "Deuteragonist" play?
- (6) Who is the Chorus? When do they enter? How long do they stay on stage?
- (7) How does Hephaestus feel about the situation in which he finds himself?
- (8) How does Hermes feel about his situation (in the middle of the play)?
- (9) How does the Chorus feel about Prometheus and his quarrel with Zeus?
- (10) Why doesn't Zeus appear on stage? He is, after all, the figure that all obey and speak about!
- (11) Why is Prometheus so stubborn (and stupid ?), as so many characters accuse him of being? Is this a `character flaw'?
- (12) What are the claims made by Prometheus for sympathy from the Chorus? Are they the same claims as he might use for clemency from Zeus?
- (13) Why is Io a character in the play at all? What does her appearance add to the situation, the ideas, the conflict?
January 26, 2010 9:19 AM
John Paul Adams, CSUN