A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton: Pandora’s Box

Posted February 15, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

More exploration of Greek mythology today for Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton.

In A Beautiful Evil, Pandora’s Box becomes a very key part of the story and plot moving forward. So to help enrich your reading, here’s a look at Pandora’s Box in traditional Greek mythology.

According to Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. After she was created, the gods endowed her with many gifts, including a large beautiful jar (Pandora’s box — yes, it’s actually a jar) and is told never to open it.Of course, that’s just the kind of temptation that becomes impossible to resist — and when Pandora opens the box, she sets loose all the evils of the world, which had previously been contained inside it. The only item that remains in the box is Hope.

By the way, if you’re wondering why we call it “Pandora’s box” when it was actually a jar, here’s why: language! In the original Greek, the object is called pithos, which is a large jar. But when the story was translated into Latin, the word was interpreted as pyxis, which means box. So now you know.

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