Cuneiform : The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Sumer was thought to have brought in the first civilization in the world, but it wasn’t perfect because Sumer had it’s good things and bad things. In “The Epic Of Gilgamesh” written by N.K. Sandars, Sumerian culture is represented through the usage of archetypes. From all of the archetypes, that helped me get a better understanding of Sumerian culture and society I chose three to thoroughly explain throughout this paper. The archetypal mother figure, important event, and mediator made me realize that ancient Sumerian women not only cared for their own children but all children of ancient Sumer, people were scared to confront their kings from wrongdoings and were nice to each other, and that ordinary people of this society weren’t cared …show more content…
Furthermore, the archetypical important event that changes the character for the better also helped me realize things about Sumerian culture. Specifically, the archetypical important event that changes the character helped me realize that ancient Sumerians were scared to confront their gods of wrongdoings. And also, that people of the same class were nice to each other. The reason I can’t that every one of the same class was nice to each other because there were slaves and slaves were treated unfairly, but I can come to the conclusion that the majority of people of the same social class was nice to each other. Gilgamesh was a bad leader. He cared for himself more than he cared for his people and he even demanded that when a man married a woman he must make love with the women before her husband can. So basically, this was rape because I’m pretty sure women would not want to make love with Gilgamesh considering the fact that they just got married. The event that changed Gilgamesh was his battle against Enkidu. “When Enkidu was thrown he said to Gilgamesh, ‘There is not another like you in the world. Ninsun, who is as strong as a wild ox in the byre, she was the mother who bore, and now you are raised above all men, and Enlil has given you the kingship, for your strength surpasses the strength of men.’ So Enkidu and Gilgamesh embraced and their friendship was

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