Critical and Analytical Thinking

Pandora's Box

Maybe you have already heard that someone, a journalist, your teacher or parents, refer to a complex situation as a "Pandora's box".

What is a Pandora's box? Who is Pandora and how did she get that box? Did she open the box? Can you think of an example where you can use the phrase "to open a Pandora's box"?

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Explanation: There are other versions of this story to but this is just one and Pandora's box is an artifact that represents how pandora released  monster and other things into the world Pandora opening box - Getty Images/Encyclopaedia Brittanica/UIG In Greek mythology, Pandora disobeyed Zeus and opened the box that contained all of the evils of the world.  Getty Images/Encyclopaedia Brittanica/UIG A "Pandora's box" has come to signify the source of endless complications or trouble, one whose genesis is deceptively simple. The phrase comes from ancient Greek mythology, specifically a set of epic poems by Hesiod, the Theogony and Works and Days, from the Seventh Century B.C. The poet relates the creation of Pandora, the first woman, and a gift given to her by Zeus, which ultimately ends the Golden Age of humankind.   The Story of Pandora's Box At the command of Zeus, the god Hephaestus crafted a beautiful woman in his forge—the first of her kind and a gift to Epimetheus, the brother of the titan Prometheus. The woman, unnamed in the Theogony but dubbed Pandora ("all gifted") in Works and Days, is showered with gifts by the Olympians, perhaps to make up for her deceitful nature. Athena teaches her to weave, Aphrodite "shed grace upon her head," and Hermes gives her the gift of speech, according to Hesiod, to craft lies. Zeus also gives Pandora a jar, or pithos, which over the millennia was mistranslated as a box. She was told under no circumstances not to open the jar (or box), but owing to her insatiable woman's curiosity, Pandora just cracked the lid. Out from the jar (or box) flew every trouble known to humanity. Strife, sickness, toil, and myriad other ills (male chauvinism, anyone?) escaped to afflict men and women forever more. Pandora managed to trap one last spirit in the jar (or box) as she shut the lid, a timid sprite named Elpis, usually translated as "hope."   The Meaning of the Myth It should be readily apparent to modern audiences that the Pandora myth belongs to a benighted illiberal tradition common to the ancient world and not completely vanquished from this one. In fact, scholars such as Robert Graves argued that the Pandora story was less a myth than an "anti-feminist fable" likely created by Hesiod himself. But there are other aspects of the myth that are challenging, besides the gender bashing. The conclusion, when Pandora traps Hope in her jar (or box), has eluded classicists for centuries. Was Pandora saving Hope for mankind, or keeping Hope away from humanity. Nietzsche assumed the worst: By saving Hope for humanity, Pandora doomed us all to suffering in vain.   Pandora and Eve Modern readers may also be struck by the similarities between Pandora and the Biblical Eve. She too was a first woman, and she too was responsible for destroying an innocent, all-male Paradise and unleashing suffering ever after. Are the two related? Scholars find no concrete link between the two stories, but it's likely that in centuries of retelling throughout the ancient world, the tales grew to resemble one another.
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Explanation: Pandora's box is a greek myth about a young princess who married for money and her husband told her not to go into a room with a box in it because if she opened it something very bad would happen. Being the curious person she is, she went into the room and opened the box anyway.When she opened the box evil spirits flew all around the room and when her husband got home he was very mad and upset with her so she tried everything she could to apologize. I personally have never really referred to pandora's box but i can hunk of some ways that i could.
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Explanation: I think that when you have an pandora's box it is like one of those pop out's. you roll up the winder thing and then you wait while still turning the winder up thing and out comes that pandora. I think that it is a little bit scary because you can turn this thing for minutes then right when nobody expect's it here comes pandora.
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Explanation: A Pandora Box is a box in which Chinese receive prizes. Pandora opened the box. She is a smart young girl who loves prizes.
About Me:     I am smart and young just like Pandora.

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