January 9, 2013
The name Pandora in Greek means “the one who bears all gifts.” Pandora was the first woman on Earth and created by the gods. She was created out of revenge from Zeus to the people because Prometheus stole fire and gave it to them. Zeus had told Pandora that in the box contained all sorts of gifts from the gods but that she was never allowed to open it, ever. He then took her to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus, to be his wife. Pandora could not hold her curiosity and thus opened the box and BAM! Out flew diseases, illnesses, and hardships. Pandora was terrified so she closed the box as fast as she could, without realizing that she had trapped Hope inside. My reaction to this myth was “wow, that explains where all of our hurt and sickness comes from!” I thought it was cleaver in the way they worded it and how they came about with this myth. The first woman on Earth was not just curious, but was the cause of all of the hardships and illnesses that we are faced with to this day. She let her curiosity get the best of her when she was clearly told not to open the box and now all of the people have to suffer what Pandora had done. In some of the myths about Pandora's Box, some of them say that she trapped Hope inside and others say when she was showing Epimetheus she opened the box to show to him how empty it was, and out flew Hope. I prefer that myth over the one where Hope is trapped because even though us humans go through different sorts of pain and hardships, we still have hope.
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