A central motivating force in La estatua de Prometeo is desire, desire for love, for worship, for power. Since both Prometeo and Epimeteo, as well as the gods they serve, desire the same things, they resort to violence to achieve their goals; yet the violence that separates them, on one level, makes them superficial polar opposites of one another, and on a deeper level, makes them nearly indistinguishable. Both desire and the need to supplant the other drive the characters in their search for realization, but that search is condemned to frustration given the parallel natures of desire and the supplementary. At the end of the play, the curtain falls at a moment when the last word in the endless chain has yet to be spoken, when both desire and the supplement are still in full force.


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