Compare And Contrast The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Iliad

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Parallel and Contrast between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad book
The epic of Gilgamesh and the books of Iliad are two readings in the Norton Anthology world literature who related the story of two kings and the battle they face to defend their interest. Coming from distinct cultures, they offer some similarities and differences. Our focus points will be how the women are portrayed, what roles the women played in their culture, how the gods are presented, how the hero reacts when they face the death of their best friends, what are the influence of hero’s mothers and how the hero are presented in the both epic. Along both books, the women are presented as goddess. If we think about, in the Iliad book, we have Thetis, Achilles’ mother and goddess of sea; Hera, Zeus’s wife and queen of the gods; Athena the goddess of wisdom (p.235); Aphrodite, goddess of love and Artemins, goddess of hunt. In the same way, in the epic of Gilgamesh, the goddesses are: Aruru, the birth goddess who make Enkidu (p.101); Antum, the wife of Anu, the sky-god; Ishtar, the goddess of love and war; and Ninsun, the mother of Gilgamesh. However, the divinity is not the only characteristic allow to the women. They are also the prizes in the Iliad book, different to the sex objects in the epic of Gilgamesh. In fact, Shamhat, in the epic of Gilgamesh used her sexual power to attract and transform Enkidu (p.104). In the other hand, the Iliad book presented us Briseis, Achilles’s prize, who were forced to

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