Prometheus Unbound


Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Ocean Character Analysis

Ocean is the god of the sea, the personification of the oceans, and the father of the sea nymphs Panthea, Ione, and Asia. Ocean, like all the natural elements, has been enslaved by Jupiter and is pleased to be set free when Prometheus is unchained and Jupiter falls from power. Ocean has a conversation with Apollo, the sun god, on the day of Jupiter’s fall and expresses his pleasure that his waters will no longer be turned red with blood as a result of the cruelty and acts of violence performed by men. This reflects the return of harmony between mankind and nature, which has been restored as a result of Prometheus’s defiance and Jupiter’s fall.
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Ocean Character Timeline in Prometheus Unbound

The timeline below shows where the character Ocean appears in Prometheus Unbound. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 2
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Ocean and Apollo stand at the mouth of a river on the island of Atlantis discussing... (full context)