Contemporary : Pandora 's Box Essay

Contemporary : Pandora 's Box Essay

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Gabrielle DeGori
ENG 103-65
Professor Gross
October 20, 2015

Contemporary: Pandora 's Box

The beginning of the story of Pandora is an interesting one. It begins with the Titan Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus. The Titan Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus were spared imprisonment in Tartarus because they had kept their neutrality in the war between the Olympians and the Titans. According to the legend, Prometheus shaped man out of mud, and Athena breathed life into the clay figure. Once man was created, however, Prometheus allowed his brother, Epimetheus, to distribute various qualities to the animals and man. So Epimetheus began by giving the best traits to the animals. Traits like swiftness, courage, cunning, stealth, et cetera, but he wound up with nothing to give to man. So Prometheus took the matter into his own hands and gave man an upright posture like the gods. And this gift enabled him to survive.

Prometheus had little love for the Olympians, who had banished his fellow Titans to the depths of Tartarus. His primary affection was for man. Now mankind had to make animal sacrifices to the gods, but a certain portion of the animal was to be given to the gods and a certain portion to man. Zeus had to decide. So Prometheus made two piles. He wrapped the bones in juicy fat and he hid the meat under the ugly hide. Zeus chose the bones wrapped in fat, much to his anger. In retaliation Zeus deprived man of fire, but Prometheus was not to be stopped. He went up to heaven and lighted his torch at the sun and carried it back to earth. Zeus was livid and filled with rage when he saw that man had fire. He ordered that Hephaestus create a mortal of stunning beauty, and when Hephaestus had done so the gods gave this new creat...

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In defiance, Prometheus would not tell the secret. Zeus had Prometheus chained to a rock, and every day he sent an eagle to peck out the Titan 's liver, which grew back again every night. This agony was drawn out for ages. There were two conditions on which he could be released from the rock: first, that an immortal must suffer death for Prometheus, and, second, that a mortal must slay the eagle and unchain him, and in time the Centaur Chiron did agree to die for him, while Heracles killed the eagle and unbound him.

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Aeschylus. Translated by Smyth, Herbert Weir. Loeb Classical Library Volumes 145 & 146.
Cambridge, MA. Harvard Universrity Press. 1926.
The Theogony of Hesiod. Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. 1914
Malangoni, Mark A. "There is Hope in Pandora 's Box." The American Journal of Surgery 208.4
(2014): 632-3. ProQuest. 21 Oct. 2015.

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