The Fall of Man in Genesis Chapter 2-3 and in Louis Untermeyer Pandora's Box

In Genesis chapter 2-3, and in “Pandora’s Box” by Louis Untermeyer the theme “Fall of Man” occurs when the world goes from innocence and purity to evil and sin. Eve and Pandora both allow curiosity to get the best of them causing a punishment with a small amount of good; however, Pandora wasn’t tempted while Eve was.

Eve and Pandora both had curiosity within them and allowed it to take control. Pandora unleashes evil, sadness, and pain but also finds something else in the box, “…Hope” (Untermeyer 228) this hope is released and brings good into the world.

Adam and Eve ate the fruit that they were warned about, eating the fruit gave them knowledge. God punished them for their disobedience by, “[Eve’s] pain in childbirth…” and “…In toil you will eat of it, All days of your life [Adam]…” (Genesis 3:16-3:17). They must work and have children, yet they are still given a spiritual relationship with God.

The two stories are different too, because of the temptation.

In “Pandora’s Box” she isn’t tempted by anyone but herself to open the box. While in Genesis chapter 2-3 Eve was tempted buy a small serpent that symbolizes the devil telling her, “You surely won’t die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-3:5). Eve was tempted to disobey God, while Pandora made the choice all on her own to open the box and free the evil and bad.

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In Both stories you see how the characters cause a “Fall in Man” through their actions. The characters let curiosity cause them to change the world from good to evil with or without temptation. These stories show how man is not perfect and won’t be in a million years with warnings, or help from others and our world is not going to change from bad and evil either, but it can always become better.

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