The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

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The Epic of Gilgamesh has many important female characters, and from them we can learn how females were viewed in ancient Sumerian society. The women are not typecast with simply one personality and role but instead are shown with many facets. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, women are shown as essential beings who can be either loving and nurturing or incredibly powerful and scary. Ways to combat mortality is a main motive for Gilgamesh and he could do it simply through his children as most men do with a wife or consort. Women are seen as crucial people who are able to bear children so the human race can continue, even when people start succumbing to their faith: mortality. This is the natural process of how a legacy can go on through generations but Gilgamesh rejects this method and wants to reach immortality through fame with his best friend Enkidu initially.The way Gilgamesh and Enkidu become friends is very effortless. Enkidu sought Gilgamesh out so he could prevent injustice incurred by him to his people; they fought and instead of killing each other at the end, they decided to become each other bosom buddies until death did them part. This bond however is not common and there is no other example of a strong homosocial relationship throughout the epic. This may be attributed to the fact that Enkidu was specifically made to balance out Gilgamesh and this is a very special circumstance where since Gilgamesh is not only a king but also two-thirds divine. As opposed to

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