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Pandora

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Pandora, the first woman ever, is responsible for the biggest oops of all time. In fact, people blame her for every bad thing that's ever happened. You see, way back in the day, she opened a jar full of evil and suffering, letting all that nastiness fly out into the formerly perfect world. Luckily, Hope was chilling in the jar, so humanity still has a little something to get us though the day. Even though Pandora gets a bad rap, it's not really her fault. Zeus had Hephaestus make her out of clay and gave her the jar full of nastiness, knowing full well what she would do. In a way, it was all a total set up, right? It's okay, Pandora—we forgive you.

Basic Information

Name

Pandora

Nickname

"All Giving," "All Gifts," Trouble

Sex

Female

Current city

The Underworld

Work & Education

Occupation

First Woman Ever in the World (It was a tough job, and I kind of messed it up… oops)

Education

They didn't have schools back when I was alive

Beliefs

Political views

Down with Zeus

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

I was molded from clay by Hephaestus—does that count?

Siblings

None

Children

Pyrrha. And I guess since I was the first woman, all humans are kind of descended from me.

Friends

Only my husband Epimetheus and my daughter Pyrrha like to hang out with me.

Enemies

Pretty much everybody hates me, because I accidentally let evil and suffering into the world.

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Epimetheus

Favorites

TV Shows

Ugly Betty
Freaks and Geeks
Smash (I wish my life were more like this.)

Quotations

"Curiosity killed the cat."
– Proverb

"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."
– Tom Bodett

"God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist."
– St. Augustine

"Oops!... I did it again."
– Britney Spears

"Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect."
– Stephen Wright

Books

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (I picked this up because the title reminded me of my stupid jar. But I totally understand Esther's depression—it's really sad being me.)
"My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun -" by Emily Dickinson (I hear you, Emily.)
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats (I wish my jar had been as beautiful and amazing as Keats makes this urn sound.)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (I totally get the whole women being controlled thing.)
"She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Maybe I was bored like Madame Bovary. Maybe that's why I did it.)
Medea by Euripides (Medea: another woman with a bad reputation.)
"The Sick Rose" by William Blake (This poem totally describes how I felt after I opened that stupid jar.)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (Alice: another girl whose curiosity got her in trouble.)

Music

Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna
We Are Young by Fun. (I remember when everything was young.)
Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
Lonesome by Dr. Dog
Pandora's Aquarium by Tori Amos
Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine (This song always cheers me up.)
Hold On by Alabama Shakes (Oh man, this one, too. New fave.)
Oops!... I Did It Again by Britney Spears

Movies

Virginia (Mega girl power here)
Edward Scissorhands (I totally know what being an outcast feels like.)
Girl, Interrupted
Ghost World (Outsiders unite!)
The Lucky One
Mean Girls
Persepolis
The Good Girl

Activities & Interests

Likes

Pottery (Kind of a love/hate relationship here)
Kitty cats
Brunch always cheers me up

Interests

Philosophy
Feminism
Nihilism

Groups

First Women on Earth (I'm actually the only member)
Lonely Hearts Club