The Hero with a Thousand Faces : PROMETHEUS

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Prometheus depicted in a sculpture by
Nicolas-Sébastien Adam, 1762 (Louvre)
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THE HERETIC
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MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
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THE 4 ASPECTS OF PROMETHEUS
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BY FRANZ KAFKA
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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According to the first, he was clamped to a rock in the Caucasus for
betraying the secrets of the gods to men, and the gods sent eagles to
feed on his liver, which was perpetually renewed.
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According to the second, Prometheus, goaded by the pain of the tearing
beaks, pressed himself deeper and deeper into the rock until he became
one with it.

According to the third, his treachery was forgotten in the course of
thousands of years, forgotten by the gods, the eagles, forgotten by
himself.

According to the fourth, everyone grew weary of the meaningless affair.
The gods grew weary, the eagles grew weary, the wound closed wearily.

There remains the inexplicable mass of rock. The legend tried to explain
the inexplicable. As it came out of a substratum of truth it had in
turn to end in the inexplicable.

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Beethoven, Overture

“The Creatures of Prometheus”

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