The Origin of Pandora
How does Pandora relate outside mythos? Are there other versions of Pandora? Is Pandora an anomaly or common like a hero story? These are all questions to be considered when assessing meaning out of a story, which attempts to explain something that lasts forever. The myth of Pandora’s box attempts to describe human behavior. That we as humans are forever, and always have been, subject to our emotions and desires. The Gods of Greek mythos acted as the reigning influence and when humans could not control themselves the Gods stepped in. There is a saying that ‘curiosity killed the cat’, well in this case the Cat was Pandora and curiosity was the box. The story of Pandora in Greek mythos is not an anomaly but rather one attempt to understand the origins of why things are the way they are. The story of Pandora came into being in Theogony, the epic poem of Hesiod. Hephaestus created Pandora under Zeus’ orders to get revenge on Prometheus. She was molded from earth and water and when all the gifts of the gods were given she was mischievous, foolish and curious. When presented with the ‘box’ she gave in to the wicked curiosity that Hera had bestowed on her and soon all the malevolence that Zeus had trapped in the box was released. Some stories say that hope was also released when Pandora opened the box while others say that it was discovered. Was Pandora the first woman to flaunt a weakness? There is a Biblical parallel in the story of Adam and Eve. Eve, also the first woman like Pandora, is tempted by curiosity and desire to take the thing she is forbidden. In the Garden of Eden, the Snake tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and Life, bringing about realization and shame. “The Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions – agree in regarding women as the catalyst of humanity’s cataclysmic decline” (pg. 111). The story of Eve shows that Pandora is not an anomaly and that there are many stories of how the world came to be...
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