Excerpt One: Mythology by Edith Hamilton

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Comparison: Tragic Flaw/ Theme

Objective: Recognizing the common tragic flaw and theme in similar stories.

Activity I

Read the following excerpts from Mythology and the Holy Bible, both about the first woman created.

Excerpt One: Mythology by Edith Hamilton

“Another story about Pandora is that the source of all misfortune was not her wicked nature, but only her curiosity. The gods presented her with a box into which each had put something harmful, and forbade her ever to open it. Then they sent her to Epimetheus, who took her gladly although Prometheus had warned him never to accept anything from Zeus. He took her, and afterward when that dangerous thing, a woman, was his, he understood how good his brother’s advice had been. For Pandora, like all women, was possessed of a lively curiosity. She had to know what was in the box. One day she lifted the lid—and out flew plagues innumerable, sorrow and mischief for mankind. In terror Pandora clapped the lid down, but too late.” (Pg. 74)

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