Trapped in Pandora’s Last Box

Trapped in Pandora's Last Box: A Street Life Pathodrama by Aadil Luqman Jai (Hardback, 2011)
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When Pandora opened the box, all evil escaped it, but Pandora under Zeus' will held hope inside the jar by closing the lid. Isiodus doesn't say why hope stayed into the jar, but one judging from Isiodus' view on women can imply that he meant by that, that the men would have no hope against women, for without her, they would die alone, but with her, they'd have to withstand their cunning nature. Judging by this, which is how Hesiod closes Theogony:. He commands Hephaestus to mold from earth the first woman, a "beautiful evil" whose descendants would torment the human race.

Only Hope remained there in an unbreakable home within under the rim of the great jar, and did not fly out at the door. The answer to this question depends on how you interpret the above quote. Is hope being protected in the jar?

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There were alternative accounts of jars or urns containing blessings and evils bestowed upon humanity in Greek myth, of which a very early account is related in Homer 's Iliad:. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. The myth of Pandora the first mortal woman is misinterpreted. Hesiod, Works and Days , That's why Hope was left in the box. These are followed by seven bringers of evil: Probably it's the reference to the need of human to hope for good even in darkest hour.

Or withheld from humanity? The word Hesiod uses for hope, elpis , can also mean 'expectation'. Verdenius states that " elpis may be regarded either a as a good, or b as an evil".

In this view, the hope in Pandora's jar is potential, but for good or evil Hesiod never specified. This is indeed confusingly presented but the implication is that Hope did not escape "fly out the door". One of the Aesop versions may clarify somewhat:. He then left the jar in human hands. But man had no self-control and he wanted to know what was in that jar, so he pushed the lid aside, letting those things go back to the abode of the gods.

So all the good things flew away, soaring high above the earth, and Elpis Hope was the only thing left. When the lid was put back on the jar, Elpis Hope was kept inside. That is why Elpis Hope alone is still found among the people, promising that she will bestow on each of us the good things that have gone away. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.

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In russian there's a saying "Hope dies last". First, how are we to render elpis , the Greek word usually translated as "hope"? Second, does the jar preserve Elpis for men, or keep Elpis away from men? The first question might confuse the non-specialist.

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But as with most ancient Greek words, elpis can be translated a number of ways. A number of scholars prefer the neutral translation of "expectation. Classical authors use the word elpis to mean "expectation of bad," as well as "expectation of good. How one answers the first question largely depends on the answer to the second question: Some have argued that logic dictates, therefore, that the jar acts as a prison for Elpis as well, withholding it from the human race.

All the evils in the world were scattered from Pandora's jar, while the one potentially mitigating force, Hope, remains locked securely inside. This interpretation raises yet another question, complicating the debate: If Hope is imprisoned in the jar, does this mean that human existence is utterly hopeless?

This is the most pessimistic reading possible for the myth. A less pessimistic interpretation still pessimistic, to be sure understands the myth to say: Life is not hopeless, but each of us is hopelessly human. It is also argued that hope was simply one of the evils in the jar, the false kind of hope, and was no good for humanity, since, later in the poem, Hesiod writes that hope is empty and no good and makes humanity lazy by taking away their industriousness, making them prone to evil.

In Human, All Too Human , philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that "Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew.

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To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's torment. This objection leads some to render elpis as the expectation of evil, which would make the myth's tone somewhat optimistic: The optimistic reading of the myth is expressed by M. Elpis takes the more common meaning of expectant hope. And while the jar served as a prison for the evils that escaped, it thereafter serves as a residence for Hope.

West explains, "It would be absurd to represent either the presence of ills by their confinement in a jar or the presence of hope by its escape from one. Neither Alciato nor Faerno had named who was responsible for opening the jar beyond saying it was a "mortal". During the Renaissance it is the name of Epimetheus that is mentioned as often as not, as in the engraving by Bonasone noticed above and the mention of Pandora's partner in a rondeau that Isaac de Benserade took it on himself to insert into his light-hearted version of the Metamorphoses - although Ovid had not in fact written about it himself.

Out of it boils a cloud which carries up a man and a dragon; between them they support a scroll reading " sero nimirum sapere caepit " finding out too late , in reference to the meaning of Epimetheus' name in Greek. Another Venetian print, ascribed to Marco Angelo del Moro active — , is much more enigmatic. Usually titled "Pandora's Box, or The Sciences that Illuminate the Human Spirit", it portrays a woman in antique dress opening an ornate coffer from which spill books, manuscripts, snakes and bats.

By Pandora's side is a woman carrying a burning brand, while a horned figure flees in the opposite direction. Above is a curved vault painted with signs of the zodiac to which the sun-god Apollo is pointing, while opposite him another figure falls through the stars. Commentators ascribe different meanings to these symbols as contradictory as the contents of the chest. In one reading, the hand Pandora holds up to her face makes her the figure of Ignorance.

The falling figure opposite him may be identified either as Lucifer or as night fleeing before the dawn; in either case, the darkness of ignorance is about to be dispelled. The question remains whether the box thus opened will in the end be recognised as a blessing; whether the ambiguous nature of knowledge is either to help or to hurt. In later centuries the emphasis in art has generally been on the person of Pandora.

With few exceptions the box has appeared merely as her attribute. In each of these the main interest is in the social and human effects of the evils released from the box and in only one of them does Pandora figure as a character. At its opening, Mercury has been sent in the guise of Harlequin to check whether the box given by Jupiter to the animated statue Pandora has been opened. He proceeds to stir up disruption in her formerly happy village, unleashing ambition, competition, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, injustice, treachery and ill-health.

Amid the social breakdown, Pierrot falls out with the bride he was about to marry at the start of the play and she becomes engaged instead to a social upstart. The play by Philippe Poisson was a one-act verse comedy first produced in There Mercury visits the realm of Pluto to interview the ills shortly to be unleashed on mankind. They are preceded by Love, who argues that he deserves to figure among them as a bringer of social disruption. Mercury comes on a visit, bringing the fatal box with him. In it are the evils soon to subvert the innocence of the new creations. These are followed by seven bringers of evil: The corrupted children are rejected by Prometheus but Hope arrives at the end to bring a reconciliation.

It is evident from these plays that, in France at least, blame had shifted from Pandora to the trickster god who contrives and enjoys mankind's subversion. Although physical ills are among the plagues that visit humanity, greater emphasis is given to the disruptive passions which destroy the possibility of harmonious living. Two poems in English dealing with Pandora's opening of the box are in the form of monologues , although Frank Sayers preferred the term monodrama for his recitation with lyrical interludes, written in In this Pandora is descending from Heaven after being endowed with gifts by the gods and therefore feels empowered to open the casket she carries, releasing strife, care, pride, hatred and despair.

Only the voice of Hope is left to comfort her at the end. While the speakers of the verse monologues are characters hurt by their own simplicity, Rossetti's painting of the red-robed Pandora, with her expressive gaze and elongated hands about the jewelled casket, is a more ambiguous figure. So too is the girl in Lawrence Alma-Tadema 's watercolour of Pandora see above , as the comments of some of its interpreters indicate. Sideways against a seascape, red haired and naked, she gazes down at the urn lifted towards her "with a look of animal curiosity", according to one contemporary reviewer, [44] or else "lost in contemplation of some treasure from the deep" according to another account.

In the iconography of the time, such a figure is usually associated with the femme fatale , [46] but in this case the crown of hyacinths about her head identifies Pandora as an innocent Greek maiden. The name of Pandora already tells her future. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the mythological artifact. For other uses, see Pandora's box disambiguation. Hesiod, Works and Days , Only Hope remained there in an unbreakable home within under the rim of the great jar, and did not fly out at the door; for ere that, the lid of the jar stopped her, by the will of Aegis-holding Zeus who gathers the clouds.

But the rest, countless plagues, wander amongst men; for earth is full of evils and the sea is full. Of themselves diseases come upon men continually by day and by night, bringing mischief to mortals silently; for wise Zeus took away speech from them. A large pithos is sunk deep into the ground.