After her death, Shelley began to travel across Italy, and would not progress with the drama until after 24 January However, the play was not yet published; Shelley would be delayed in editing and finishing the work by another death, that of his son William Shelley, who died on 7 June It was not until December that the manuscript with the first three acts of Prometheus Unbound was sent to England.
Edit Act I begins in the Indian Caucasus where the titan Prometheus is bound to a rock face and he is surrounded by the nymphs Panthea and Ione. As morning breaks, Prometheus cries out against the "Monarch of Gods and Daemons", Jupiter, and his tyrannous kingship. Prometheus praises her, but demands that she recalls the curse he laid upon Jupiter.
The Earth responds by describing Zoroaster and that there are two realities: Fiend, I defy thee! With him appear a group of furies who hope to torture Prometheus, but Mercury threatens and keeps them from interfering as he brings his message from Jupiter: Mercury tries to barter with Prometheus, offering him the pleasure of being free from bondage and being welcomed among the gods, but Prometheus refuses.
At the refusal, Jupiter makes his anger known by causing thunder to ring out across the mountains. Mercury departs at the omen, and the furies begin to taunt Prometheus by saying that they attack people from within before they attack Prometheus without. Their words are soon repeated by Echoes, which join in telling the two to follow.
Panthea describes Demogorgon upon his ebon throne: Asia becomes upset that Demogorgon will not reveal the name of God, first demanding, "Utter his name: Prometheus, she continues, gave man fire, the knowledge of mining, speech, science, and medicine.
Demogorgon simply responses, "All spirits are enslaved which serve things evil: Demogorgon cries out "Behold! One Hour stays to talk to Asia, and Asia questions him as to who he is. Panthea witnesses another Hour come, and that Hour asks Asia and Panthea to ride with him. The chariot takes off, and Scene V takes place upon a mountaintop as the chariot stops.
The Hour claims that his horses are tired, but Asia encourages him onwards. Flows from thy mighty sister. A song fills the air singing the "Life of Life", a song about the power of love. Jupiter speaks to the gods and calls them to rejoice over his omnipotence. Awful shape, what art though?
Jupiter pleads for mercy, and claims that not even Prometheus would have him suffer.Dive deep into Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Prometheus Unbound: A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts. By Percy Bysshe Shelley Edited by Jack Lynch.
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Prometheus Unbound: Prometheus Unbound, lyrical drama in four acts by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in The work, considered Shelley’s masterpiece, was a reply to Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound, in which the Titan Prometheus stole fire from heaven to give to mortals and was punished by Zeus (Jupiter).
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