Story of Pandora's Box: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 Greek Myths
  • 0:44 The Story of Pandora's Box
  • 1:41 Pandora Gives in to Curiosity
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Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

The story of Pandora's box teaches an interesting lesson to readers, like many myths do. It's a tale that warns of the dangers of letting your curiosity control your actions. Continue with this lesson to learn more!

Greek Myths

If you have a question, how do you find the answer? Of course, you could look on, search in your library, or do a simple Internet search. Sometimes, you may even ask your parents, teachers, or friends. Ancient Greeks - who were just as curious as we are - could have asked asked around, too, but they didn't have the Internet to give them quick and easy answers.

The need to answer unanswered questions is why the Greeks created their own myths - or stories - to explain the things that they did not have firm answers to, like why the seasons change or why the sun rises and sets. The story of Pandora is a Greek myth that explains why there is bad in the world, and it warns of the danger of being too curious.

The Story of Pandora's Box

Greek myth has it that Zeus, the most powerful of all Greek gods, was angry with another god, Prometheus, for stealing fire and giving it to humans. In fact, Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him atop a mountain, where eagles pecked out his liver every day.

But that wasn't enough punishment! Zeus had to punish humans, too, so he ordered the creation of a stunningly beautiful yet very silly woman: Pandora. All the gods and goddesses work together to create Pandora. One god carved her out of marble and gave her gemstones for eyes, while goddesses dressed her up in expensive jewelry and gowns.

Pandora's creation was a success - she was almost as beautiful as the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. But Zeus added a major flaw to Pandora: He gave her curiosity as well as a sealed box that she was forbidden from ever opening. (In the Greek story, the box is actually a jar.)

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