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The role of women has been changing throughout history There have been matriarchal societies and ones where women have been considered to be subordinate to men in all aspects One of the themes in Gilgamesh is the role of women Women are seen are the downfall of men nurturers and possessions The varying role of women in Gilgamesh is representative of the time period it was written in since the role of women was changing drastically from wise women to subordination during the Bronze Age Enkidus unfortunate and untimely death is ultimately caused by a woman If Gilgamesh had not sent the prostitute into the forest to sleep with Enkidu he would have never known the hardships of being a real human The first night that Gilgamesh and Enkidu are in the forest waiting for Humbaba Enkidu thinks of how he was once one with the forest until the prostitute came into his life he is scared because he keeps seeing visions of his former life On his death bed Enkidu screams Because of her She made me seeThings as a man and a man sees death in things That is what it is to be a man Youll knowWhen you have lost the strength to seeThe way you once did Youll be alone or wanderLooking for that life thats gone or someEternal like you have to find He curses the prostitute for leading him from his forest and into the city of Uruk which then led to his death at the hand of the Bull of Heaven because he loved Gilgamesh so much he wanted to save him If he had never slept with the prostitute he would have never known death and what is was like to love someone Another example of how women can cause the downfall of men in Gilgamesh is when Gilgamesh meets Siduri the barmaid on his way to find Utnapishtim She takes him in bathes him and sleeps
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