The Myth Of Pandora's Box

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The Bible reads “But from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die. '" (Genesis 3:3, http://biblehub.com/genesis/3-3.htm). This excerpt is taken from the creation story of Adam and Eve. It is true that Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent and then excommunicated from the Garden of Eden. They were ultimately forced to live in the mortal world and endure all of the pains and brutalities it posses. This creation story parallels with the Myth of Pandora’s box in Greek Mythology. Both stories exhibit the presence of good and evil and how human error introduced evil into our world. The role of evil is portrayed through the myth of Pandora’s box in Greek …show more content…
Zeus was angry that Prometheus the trickster, took fire and gave it to the mortals. When enraged, the all mighty sky God ordered Hephaestus (the god of the forge) to make a girl named Pandora, who would bear all gifts. He obeyed Zeus’ orders and crafted her out of clay, she was known as the first women to walk the earth. (Classical Mythology 94-95.) In Christianity Eve is known as the first woman to walk the earth and is known to be formed form the creation of man. Pandora exhibited the same amount of curiosity that Eve possessed in the Garden of Eden. She is famous for carrying a box from the gods that is said to bear all of the evils of mankind. She is told to never open it. (Classical Mythology 94-95). Eve is also told to never eat the forbidden fruit on the tree of knowledge guarded by the malicious …show more content…
The evil serpent persuades Eve to go against God’s wishes and eat the fruit. She is overwhelmed with curiosity, hunger, and temptation and therefore, eats the fruit. God then banishes her and all humans for eternity. Likewise, Pandora is told by the Gods that it is forbidden to open this sacred box. She is a mortal and therefore posse’s human error, she opens the box. It is said that all the evils of the world escape from this box and enter the world (Classical Mythology). Greek Myths and Greek Mythology explains this weakness of humans and how we are not equal to the gods because we lack the perfection they posses. It states “Ancient Greeks used this myth not only to instruct themselves about the weakness of humans, but also to explain several misfortunes of the human race”. (http://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/pandoras-box-myth/). This clarifies that humans are not classified as perfect and contain sin. Eve and Pandora both made an error because they are mortals. This teaches us that human’s make mistakes and sometimes allow their personal desires dictate their decisions. These decisions test the mortal’s ability to distinguish good and evil

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