Hesiod First Woman Analysis

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As Hesiod explains, from the start, the formation of the first woman was unnatural and monstrous. For the first woman was not “fully human”. “Hephaestus fashioned from earth the likeness of a maiden...Athena, girded her and adorned her, with a silvery dress...and wonders possessed both immortal gods and mortal men, when they saw the thorny deception...” (Hesiod 42) While she appears "human", her adornments were crafted objects created by gods. Like many things of wonder, the first woman erases the fine line between the human world and the divine powers of the gods. As the descriptive imagery demonstrates, in the extraordinary attractiveness of the first woman lays a deception of evil and wickedness. Yet because men were so enchanted by the