Where Will You Grudge Me This Prayer Analysis

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This paragraph is a prayer of Io, the mortal lover of Zeus. She talks to enchained Prometheus and laments about her sorrow which was caused by love. The first thing that we mention is that this orison is a monologue to Prometheus, however, she is in hope that Zeus would be listening to her as well. The second fact about this piece is that the name of Zeus is never mentioned; she uses epithets like “Son of Cronos” and “Lord God” to refer to him. Two points mentioned compliment each other as they portray the Io’s personality, shaped by the struggle she is experiencing. It shows how fearful is she of Zeus, although she asked him for forgiveness. The use of the phrase “Lord God, will you grudge me this prayer”(line 10) even further portrays her feelings about the situation. The word “grudge” displayed that she believes that the punishment was deserved, however she asks for mercy. Part of the vocabulary that is used by the Aeschylus in this monologue has a second connotation. The use of a collocation “yoke of torment”(line 5) has a much deeper meaning then it may seem. As we know, Io was…show more content…
We know that Hera sent a Argus Panoplies after Io, but she never gave up. Her wanders around the world lead her to Prometheus, but she is tired. Io’s personality is opened her. She tried to survive in the hope of forgiveness, but now is to tired and ready to take her fate. The phrases “Burn me with fire, let the earth swallow me, throw me as food for sea-serpents” further show her despair for forgiveness, and acceptance of circumstance. It also portrays Zeus as tearless despot who acts only in its own profit; he not only incarcerate those who oppose him, like Prometheus, but also torments those who love him, alike Io. His unchallenged might grants him a full power above all other gods and mortals, and therefore he does anything he
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