Myth Book Report



MYTH BOOK REPORT

Title - Prometheus Steals Fire From Heaven
Author - Shortened, Simplified version of real story. Author Unknown

I. Setting:
The setting for the story Prometheus Steals Fire From Heaven is In heaven, Earth, Olympus, and Mt. Caucasus. The time period is that of when there were only the (Greek) gods, and no men on earth, and none of the animals seemed worthy to rule the rest.

II. Point of View:
Omniscient point of view

III. Characters:
Zeus - Zeus is the ruler of the universe. At one point in the story Zeus was Jealous of others’ powers. Zeus also had a bad temper and was mad at Prometheus for stealing heavens fire and chained Prometheus high on Mt. Caucasus, forever. He is one of 2 antagonists in the story.
Hera - Queen of heaven, no significant part in story.
Prometheus - The major protagonist in the story. Prometheus was one of the Titans (parents of the gods). He always thought of the positive side of things, and never let anyone or thing phase him. He proudly endured pain and showed his agony to none, all for inferior humans.
Epimetheus - A minor part in the story. Epimetheus was the brother of Prometheus.
Hephaestus - This minor character is heaven’s lame smith. His part is somewhat significant later in the story, but he has no say in what he does, even if it is wrong.
Pandora - Pandora was made by Zeus. She was made to curb man’s power. As beautiful as a goddess, the immortals bestowed gifts on her to make her more captivating. Pandora is the 2nd antagonist in the story.

IV. Theme
The hero’s mission is to create a man like figure on the Earth, with the power of fire. Pandora accidentally opened a jar full of disease, envy, revenge, spite, and other evils which went on man, down on the earth, but she closed it. The only thing left in it was hope. That is all man had now - hope. Prometheus completed his mission, even though he was chained up on the side of the mountain and tormented the rest of his life.

V. Plot
There was a time when there was no gods, and Heaven and Earth alone existed. From their union sprung the Titans, and the children of the Titans, the gods rebelled and overthrew them. Now there was no men on Earth so Prometheus had a task of making one. He mixed clay with water, kneaded it, shaped it, and made it look rather god like in shape. He made it stand upright so man could look up at the stars, as opposed to down on the Earth, like the animals. Now Prometheus had to give man gifts to make him superior to all the animals. Unfortunately, his brother Epimetheus already had given all the great gifts to the animals, and there was nothing left for man. Then Prometheus thought of a great idea, that would enable man to make weapons, tools, master the arts, protect them from nature, and slay beasts, among other things. So Prometheus lit his torch at the chariot of the sun, and went back down to Earth. Zeus was mad because the human was a great match for the animals on earth, and perhaps even for the gods, so he made woman, lovely as a goddess. All the gods gave her gifts to make her even better. She was named Pandora - Gift of All. Epimetheus was enchanted with Pandora so he took her into his home, where he had a jar with certain gifts that he had never given out to animals, and e warned her to stay far away from that jar. She thought it would do no harm if she just peeked in to see what was there, but as soon as she did, out came a host of evil plagues, and all manner of disease, envy, spite, revenge, and they spread out far and wide. She quickly clapped on the lid only to find it almost completely empty. Only hope had remained -- hope which never leaves mankind. Zeus was no longer worried about the power of mankind but he was furious because Prometheus had stole heaven’s fire. Zeus summoned Hephaestus who was heavens lame smith. Prometheus was chained on the top of Mt.