?Lamiah Adamjee Ms. Raymond English 2 Adv February 8, 2012 The Unconquerable Prometheus realizes, “Why the best in me had been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins” (Rand 98). This is a crucial part crucial part in Prometheus’s journal. In this paragraph Prometheus learns the significance of the single pronoun “I”. Prometheus grows up in an impassive society full of fear and lack of knowledge; he never knew it was possible to have a distinguished identity. This makes him realize what he was deprived of, and it makes him understand why he never felt guilty for his so called sins.
The most brilliant discoveries he constructed were viewed as dishonorable acts; because of these discoveries, society continues to belittle him. His discoveries force the council to grasp the idea that someone has a higher intelligence level than they have. Throughout the novel Prometheus learns to be strong willed, inquiring, and have integrity. Prometheus is an outstanding example of integrity. He shows great dedication to his research and personal values in life. From the beginning, Prometheus proves he has an esoteric imagination.
However, his imagination forces him to go against the rules of the society and his brothers. Even while considering those consequences Prometheus continues to fulfill his dreams in life and stay true to what he believes in. With his persistence and honesty, Prometheus has phenomenal outcomes such as, discovering electricity and distinguishing man from society. His relationship with Gaea also exhibits integrity. From the moment Prometheus meets her he knows she is the golden one. He states, “But we think of one among women, they whose name is Liberty 5-3000, and we think of no others” (38).
Although it is forbidden for a man to speak to a woman, Prometheus commits another transgression when he initiates the conversation with her. He bends the rules because he knows in his heart that he loves her. Prometheus is willing to commit and sacrifice anything for Gaea no matter what the society’s opinion might be. With his strong integrity and solid values Prometheus proves to be an honest character. Prometheus also learns to be strong willed. He is put through dreadful obstacles where he is let down constantly by the people he looked up to the most. Yet, he still finds a way to never give up and keeps his head unbowed.
Having the ability to overcome the largest obstacles with confidence is extraordinary. When Prometheus refuses to tell the council where he was the night before when he got lost in creating his invention, they lash him and throw him in the Palace of Corrective Detention. Prometheus escapes and risks his life just so he can show the World Council his invention. This is just one of the many examples that Prometheus records in his journal. Another critical example of Prometheus’s strong determination is when he goes to the world council meeting to reveal his light invention.
After revealing this implausible invention, the council damned him and he was humiliated. Mortified by his experience he runs into the Uncharted Forest where he makes even more incredible discoveries. Lastly, Prometheus embraces his curiosity. He always had a certain affinity for science and technology. Even as a child Prometheus knew what he loved, even if it was forbidden to prefer one field over another. Prometheus was intelligent and the society knew it; they were frightened by his knowledge and hide him away as a Street Sweeper. As a Street Sweeper he made his first discovery, a hidden subway tunnel.
While venturing in the tunnel, Prometheus realizes it is from the Unmentionable Times. Later, he forms the cache into a laboratory for his personal experiments. It is here where he makes his ground breaking discovery of electricity and makes a light bulb. This invention is a remarkable testimony to his genius and perseverance. After making the light bulb Prometheus says, “For this wire is a part of our body as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood” (61). This quote states that Prometheus begins to love his creation not because of its potential for others, but its existence is a memorial to his power as an individual.
The greatest revolutionary break through Prometheus makes is when he gives man identity. When he discovers the word “I” and its significance while reading hundreds of novels and manuscripts, he uncovers why his entire life had felt so right, but never good enough for his society. In the past Prometheus was constantly discovering things alone such as the light bulb. However, he could never fully take credit for his actions. When he stumbles upon the word “I” he is filled with bliss and a sense of freedom because everything he had accomplished had become lucid.
By the end of the novella Prometheus proves that he has a sense of honesty within himself by sticking to his personal values while running away with Gaea. He also proves to be strong willed in his journey to give mankind a meaning. Lastly Prometheus proves to be inquiring and pursues his love for science and discovering electricity. With all of these revolutionary discoveries Prometheus finds “The word which can never die on this earth, for it is the heart of it and the meaning and glory, the sacred word: Ego” (105).