According to Greek mythos, Pandora, which means “all-gifted”, was the first woman on Earth and made out of clay by Hephaestus under Zeus’s order. Pandora was made for vengeance, Zeus had her made to give to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus as revenge for giving fire to mortals. Other gods gave her talents such as beauty, persuasion, curiosity, music, etc.to make her more appealing to Epimetheus. At her wedding Zeus gave Pandora a beautiful box, which he instructed never to open. Although she fought off the urge for a long time, Pandora compelled by her curiosity opened the box. When it was opened all the evils were released into the world, except for one that she managed to keep in by shutting the box, Hope.
The story of Pandora parallels the story of Adam and Eve in Book of Genesis, the first. Pandora was the first mortal woman in Greek history, while Eve was the first in Hebrew history. Both women had something forbidden to them, since they were both ordered by their respective god to leave a certain object alone. Though in the end, they could not resist the urge and brought evil into a world that had previously been perfect and without sin. The two stories have yet another similarity, as the Snake in the Bible tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, Hermes and Hera gave Pandora the qualities to want to open the box. Without the cunning mind and curiosity given to her by the god and goddess, the box most likely would have remained closed forever.
Another similarity between the two stories is the lesson it teaches about women. An idea that can be gathered is that women are the ones that spread lies and evil throughout the world. So essentially, what the two stories mean are that women are the root of evil and only cause trouble for men who otherwise would be happy and without suffering as Adam and other mortal men were before women did what they were forbidden to do.
The term “Pandora’s Box” is an idiom often used, even in today’s times. So to