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Analysis Of Prometheus And Pandora

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Humans, the master piece of gods, will always surviveThe story of Prometheus and Pandora tells how the earth was created, how evil came to life and how gods fixed that situation with men always surviving. Many approaches can be applied in order to explain this myths and in order to support that humans will always survive because they are god's creation. Some of the approaches used in analysing this story are, formalistic, philosophical, historical and archetypal approach; the last one is the predominant one.First of all, the archetypal approach is present along the whole tale because all its symbolisms resemble in a way or another to the Bible. Actually, there is a correlation between both, not only in symbolism but also in plot and characters. If this story is thought from this view, the first item to analyse is the resemblance to the Bible's conception of earth's creation. In this narration, the world is created with the same steps that appear in the Bible. For example, the earth was separated from sea, and heaven from both. The skies were formed, the water covered most part of the planet, day and night were separated too and animals began to appear; the last thing to be created was man.The story of Pandora is not very clear since there are two conceptions about her in this tale. The first one mentioned is the one that has more meaning to be considered. Given that Prometheus had stolen fire to give to man and man accepted it, Pandora was sent as a punishment. She opened that box because of her curiosity and that was the start of evil. Here the archetypal approach is once again present. She is the Eve of the biblical story. Eve, because of her curiosity, ate the forbidden fruit and Pandora opened that box, both causing terrible damage to humanity.Continuing thinking of that approach we have the story of how evil and evil people developed. The same happened in the story told in the Bible: people were becoming more evil as time passed by, so God, very sad, decided to destroy them by drowning the earth. There were only eight people who survived; Noah and his family who adored God unlike those people that were killed. In Prometheus story, the transition from good to bad people is smoother. The tale presents different ages: from the Golden Age to the Iron Age. Gold is the most valued metal and iron the least one, so people who lived in the Golden Age were pure as gold is, and those who lived in the Iron Age were evil as iron is not so precious. The formalistic approach allows us to see that that is a metaphor. The more precious the metal was, the purer the people were but the least precious the metal was, the more evil the people were.In addition, in this mythical story, instead of eight, only two people survived. After Jupiter drowned the earth, he saw that Decaulion and Pyrrha were alive, they, as Noah and his family, adored the...

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