(Pandora’s Box) Week #1 The Big Picture
As the Greek Myth begins, Zeus is angry with the brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus for stealing fire and giving it to humans. He decides to send the brothers a “gift” … the gift of trouble in the form of a woman. He orders Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create a woman out of Earth and water. Hephaestus asks Aphrodite to be his model and when he is done, Athena breathes a soul into the creation. All the Gods and Goddesses give Pandora a gift so that she will be complex and beautiful. Apollo gifts her music, Hermes gifts her persuasion and great curiosity, and one by one, the gifts are added and received.
In my collage, I show Pandora as a young beautiful maiden. She is the first human woman. Zeus expects her to be very desired by all men. In fact, the first man to see her falls madly in love and they get married. Pandora is very innocent. She has no life experience and is surely uncorrupted. As is the case with many young women today, she has no idea just how beautiful and vulnerable she is.
Zeus gives Pandora a beautiful golden box with the admonishment to never open it. Zeus knows that the gods have given her curiosity and Hermes a set of keys. He knows it is only a matter of time before she opens the box. One day when she is alone in the house, she sees the golden box and wonders what’s in side. She remembers the keys. She tries the largest one first. Nothing happens. Next, she tries the littlest key and sure enough, the lock clicks. Surprised, she gently opens the lid a crack to peek inside. As soon as the top is ajar, all the ugly evils fly out and about the room. She stares as they disappear through the crack beneath the door.
She is deeply saddened. Why would Zeus give her such a lovely gift and blackness pours out? As she is about to re-lock the box she hears a strange voice call out to her. “Pandora, take off the lid,” the voice said. Pandora uncovered the box and out flew the spirit of Hope. “Zeus tricked you”, the spirit said. “I was hiding at the bottom, beneath everything else, Zeus didn’t see me. Now that I am free, I will give Humans Hope.” Pandora opened the window and let Hope fly out into the afternoon breeze.