The Epic of Gilgamesh Essay | Women Set the Boundaries

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Women Set the Boundaries

Summary: Essay shows the importance of women as symbols in "The Epic of Gilgamesh."

The Epic of Gilgamesh was written in Mesopotamia in 2700 B.C.E. (Droge). During that time, women were thought of as equal partners in life and enjoyed privileges such as owning property and doing business on their own (Craig 12). The story starts off with Gilgamesh who is one third man and two thirds god. His power is out of control so an equal creature is created by the gods to keep him in check. This story is about a man's quest for immortality in addition to the importance of boundaries between the realms of animal, man and god. The female presence is one of wisdom concerning the relations between these realms. Women symbolize the importance of locative boundaries in the text. These boundaries are set by the harlot, Ishtar, Siduri, Ninsun and Utnapishtim's wife. By giving women this role of wisdom and boundary enforcement The Epic...

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