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Time reveals how womens roles have changed throughout history and literature Women have changed from the roles of submissive servants to powerful figures with leadership abilities Each of the following pieces of literature The Epic of Gilgamesh Lysistrata and Perpetua take place in different and descending time eras As each piece is read a new era of womens roles are revealed and with them a higher sense of their value In The Epic of Gilgamesh the women start their role at the bottom rung on the ladder always trying to climb their way to the top They remained at home with the children caring for them and were expected to remain loyal to their husbands They were submissive with no power and had no voice in the society in which they lived A perfect example of their value is the fact that the most respectable profession of the time was prostitution In this story the prostitute sent to Enkidu played a positive role for the women of the time She brought Enkidu out of his shell and opened his eyes to a whole new world She bathed him dressed him and brought him to civilization Gigamesh pg20 21 By bringing Enkidu to the shepherds house he engaged in the ways of society by eating bread and drinking wine Other than this particular example women were primarily thought of less than the cattle in the field Men on the other hand have always been thought of as the dominant role in society Their role has been stable throughout time and they took advantage of this power by being tyrannical rulers An example of their power is the right enforced by Gilgamesh to have the authority to sleep with every virgin bride upon their wedding night Gigamesh pg21 Although this was not morally right for Gilgamesh to enforce he was the ruler and being the dominant gender he took advantage of the weaker sex
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