Women were created as a “gift” to destroy men. Before women were created by the god, there were only men on Earth. According to Hesiod, Prometheus, a titan, stole fire from Zeus and give it to mankind. Enraged by this, Zeus orders the gods and goddesses to create a “lovely maiden” (16) as a gift to punish men, a woman called Pandora. Hesiod’s work, Works and Days, tells the story of Pandora bringing man’s death and destruction. Pandora was given a jar by Zeus. and because of her “thievish nature” (32) given by Hermes, she opens the jar, without Zeus telling her to, “bringing grie...
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...ine days the god’s arrows rained death on the camp” (61). Chryseis might not be the direct cause of death but she is certainly the result of the Plague that brought death. Characters in Iliad mainly compose of males, the very few women are depicted as evil that brings death.
The creation story, Works and Days, portrayed women as the cause destruction and death for mankind. Pandora, a maiden gifted to men, opens the jar letting grief and death but locks away hope for the people in the jar. Females in The Epic of Gilgamesh follow in Pandora’s footsteps, bring destruction to the people. The Iliad set the role of women at it’s climax. A great war started because of a woman. Both women in The Iliad cause irreversible destruction to the city and it’s people. Works and Days, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Iliad all identified women as the evil being that bring disasters.
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