The interpretations of Prometheus herein is based on the THEOGONY of Hesiod.Prometheus was on the winning side of the war among the Greek gods. Cronus, the father of Zeus on the one side and Zeus, leading the other side.
After the war was won and lost, Prometheus did two deeds, which infuriated Zeus, the Chief of the Gods, on whose side Prometheus had once played the games of the gods. One of the deeds was restoring to man “fire”, which was removed by Zeus; the second deed was making Zeus choose the fat and bones of the bull, which is sacrificed to the gods, instead of the flesh of the sacrifice, which went to man.
Prometheus’ falling out with Zeus has engendered various interpretations in literary, art & cinematic works .
For me Prometheus, like any follower of a victorious man assumed that once the victory was won, EVERYTHING should be made possible for the followers, forgetting that the followers added volume to the cause & the camp, and not necessarily proffered the right inputs like Prioritizing and Balance of Action, which led to the victory. In fact the followers fail to realize that Prioritizing of Action and Balance in Action, are to be continued by the Victor even after the Victory.
The crowd which had followed either would have had no opinion at all or even if they had one, not a very balanced one. The leader provides the greatest inputs: balancing & prioritizing the action plan, which in the Altar of Time gets sanctified as Victory!
Prometheus turned a rebel, created man and restored fire to man against the WILL of Zeus!
Zeus, whom I tremendously admire, keeps his once vanquished foes in Tartarus, alive and kicking but severely constrained through rationing and sequestered from external interaction. Zeus knew fully well that if an external enemy were to be eliminated, sure enough even for gods, inimical forces would sprout from within!
Hiranya Kasiphu had to counter Prahlad, his own son. Likewise, Kamsa had to decimate his own nephews. The principle of UNIPOLARITY OF UNCHALLENGED EXISTENCE is denied even to the Greek gods! A great piece of wisdom.
Prometheus, is thus the voice of modesty of the victorious willful SELF.
But, it has its own pangs. The pangs of INGRATITUDE which visits every night to peck at the liver of Prometheus! The liver is restored each morning, but the eagle visits every night and inflicts the excruciating pain of being pecked at.
In Sisyphus, it was a repeated FUTILE TASK, which was merely an exercise in futility, in its most unadulterated form, but Prometheus’ punishment was crying for mere relief every night and probably the days spent in anxiety over the impending nights!
Yet, the spirit of Prometheus to debunk Zeus wouldn’t subside!
Prometheus restored fire to mankind, but that led to Pandora and her box of gifts! The bigger evil came visiting MANkind!