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Women play different roles in early literature In The Illiad Gilgamesh and Oedipus Rex their roles determine the different amounts of power they possess and how they use the powers to influence the events that occur In The Illiad the women throughout the story are treated as prizes Homer expresses this when he writes I refused that glittering price for the young girl Chryseis Indeed I prefer her by far the girl herself I want her mine in my own house I rank her higher that Clytemnestra my wedded wife- shes nothing less in build or breeding in mind or works of hand But I am willing to give her back even so if that is best or all1131-136 There is no strong bond of love towards Agamemnons wife He is very easily willing to trade in his wife for another woman Second in Gilgamesh women are viewed as a powerful temptation who is able to easily control any man The trappers father speaks Go to Uruk find Gilgamesh extol the strength of this wild man Ask him to give you a harlot a wanton from the temple of love return with her and let her womans power this man 314 This shows how the women were used as a powerful distraction to seduce a man and take his mind off of what he should be doing Finally In Oedipus Rex the role of women shows the power of royalty and persuasion Jocasta Oedipus wife and mother speaks And as for this marriage with your mother have no fear Many a man before you in your dreams has shared his mothers bed Take such things for shadows nothing at all- Live Oedipus as if there is no tomorrow 1073-1079 Here shows the power of persuasion that Jocasta has over Oedipus The women in these stories show power and use this to their advantage They greatly influence the events that
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