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Throughout history women have been treated differently than men however inThe Epic of Gilgameshwomen play a small but crucial role In the story the females characters have pretty much power as the males and we are introduced to Aruru Shamhat the temple prostitute Ninsun Siduri the goddess of wine Ishtar and the wife of Utnapishtim One of the most interesting aspects of the story is that it shows howmen were aware of the power of women and in consequence they tried not to fall for their temptation In this paper the female characters of The Epic of Gilgamesh will be analyzed by their power wisdom sensuality and destruction and as a result it will show the viewed and valued of women in the ancient MesopotamiaIn the beginning of the story the first female character that appears is Ururu and she is introduced as the goddess of creation In response to the people of Uruks complains about the behavior of Gilgamesh Anu delegates to Ururu the task of creating a man out of clay equal to Gilgamesh in order to confront him and stop his misbehavior In this particular case the female character is a goddess and since only women have the capacity to create life we can see the importance value and respect that men of the ancient society had towards women The second female character presented in the story is Shamhat the temple prostitute that civilizes Enkidu with this in mind Gail Corrington in The Strange Woman power and sex in the bible says It is the women who possess knowledge that separates the natural man the man of earth from his close communion with the natural world 101 Gilgamesh was aware of the power of women over men and knowing that he sends Shamhat to change Enkidus nature Women were not less than men as it could be easily mistaken by the word prostitute in
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