According to the author, “When the gods created Gilgamesh they gave him a perfect body. Shamash the glorious sun endowed him with beauty, Adad the god of the storm endowed him with courage, the great gods made his beauty perfect, surpassing all others, terrifying like a great wild bull. Two thirds they made him god and one third man”. This comprehensive description of the unnatural nature of Gilgamesh introduces him as the hero in the epic. Similarly, based on the definition of a hero in classical mythology, Gilgamesh is a hero because he is demigod .
Odysseus shows a surplus amount of strength that no mortal besides himself demonstrates. Completing the horrendously impossible task of stringing the bow shows his superhuman abilities, and shooting the arrow through all twelve axe handles truly shows the fact that he is indeed an epic hero. I am able to conclude, that by the Greek standards, Odysseus can indeed be considered to be an epic hero. If the Odyssey were to take place in our day and age Odysseus would be thought to be selfish and careless, but back then they had a different criteria to meet.
Both texts ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ were written during the second wave of feminism which centralised the issue of ownership over women’s sexuality and reproductive rights and as a result, the oral contraceptive was created. As powerfully stated by Ariel Levy, ‘If we are really going to be sexually liberated, we need to make room for a range of options as wide as the variety of human desire.’ Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter both celebrate female sexuality as empowering to challenge the constraints of social pressure on attitudes of women. Both writers aim to expose the impact of patriarchy as it represses female sexual desire and aim to control it thus challenge contemporary perspectives of women by revealing the oppression
[…] Blasted with ecstasy…” (3.1.151/162). As a result of this innocence and ignorance, Ophelia is easily manipulated by others for their own purposes. An example of this, is when her father, Polonius, sends Ophelia to have an “accidental meeting” with Hamlet in an attempt to understand his sudden change of character, “at such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him…” (2.2.160). Since Ophelia is often not in control of her choices and how she is allowed to interact with others, there is an element of dehumanization which surrounds her.
Prompt 1 From boastful, prideful, and tyrant that ended up to be the nice and good king of Uruk. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic from Mesopotamia. The author of the epic is still anonymous. The story of The Epic of Gilgamesh is about a tyrant king from Uruk changed into a good and better person and named as Gilgamesh.
While Gilgamesh was a hero and the ruler of Uruk we were told that his was even more handsome, self centered, courageous and terrifying than all of the people in the land. Even though these were his attributes, Gilgamesh
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
For example, both “Lanval” and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, mention or explore the taboo concept of homosexuality, and its consequences in the Medieval world. The authors also present the two knights being tempted by the wives of powerful rulers, testing their chivalrous moral standing and their loyalty to the men they serve. In doing so, the women of the stories are seemingly vilified, as they act as the deceitful antagonists to men, the Pearl Poet even goes as far to list similar women from the Bible that acted similar. “Lanval” and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight both speak of and describe human sexaulity in a similar and interesting manner. In one instance, Sir Gawain’s homoerotic encounters with Bertilak display a surprising level of openness regarding homosexual behaviour, and in the other, the faerie queen’s sexual freedom reveals a seemingly repressed side of Medieval culture.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story of two Gods who come together from completely different paths and develop a strong, deep, spiritual bond. Gilgamesh is a God who presides over the Sumerian city of Uruk. Gilgamesh is the son of man and is the handsomest, strongest man alive, however, he is also the most feared man due to his lack of compassion and his hunger for power and domination. Gilgamesh loves to fight the other men of the city, as well as sleep many women. Another God, Anu, decided to create someone to balance Gilgamesh in hopes of giving him a companion who can keep up.
The original rendition is said to have been told to convey two morals: the first, warned female readers against the dangers of curiosity; the second, warned husbands against expecting the impossible from their wives (Sheets 1991:643). Carter has however adapted the original story to appeal to the modern reader and provide some personal commentary on social issues. She also gave it her own controversial twist, by making the husband a murderer, and what some might refer to as a pervert. As Sheets accurately states, “Carter situates the story in the tradition of aesthetic sadomasochism” (Sheets 1991:643). Throughout the story the heroine notices various erotic art forms in the castle.
On the other hand, slavery did have some different effects upon men and women. Women suffered the consequences of sexual abuse. Jacobs relates such abuse: "Soon she will learn to tremble when she hears her master 's footfall. She will be compelled to realize that she is no longer a child. If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove her greatest curse.
Hurston’s book displayed the controversial topic of abuse in the family. Many writers were afraid to touch the subject, but Hurston was able to introduce the problem. There are many instances of abuse from beginning to tend in the narrative such as whipping. Mrs. Turner is trying to set up Janie with her brother, Mr. Turner. In response, Tea Cake whips Janie to show his dominance.
This was the start of the rumors, and they only grew from there. Taylor threatened the princess that if the secret was not kept there would be serious repercussions, in terms of the number of limbs the princess walked away with. However, the princess ended up spilling the beans about trying to fake her death, so that she might marry her love, a poor servant who worked in the kitchens. Hearing this Taylor decided to help the princess
The epic poem “Epic of Gilgamesh” is about a hero’s journey. First, one should know that Gilgamesh was once a selfish king that ruled over Uruk. When his best friend Enkidu dies, he realizes that he is mortal, so he goes on a journey to look for immortality (Sandars). In my opinion, heroes should always show loyalty and show respect to all classes of people. If the hero doesn’t show respect in the beginning, he will grow and will later on show much more respect.
In the story of the Epic of Gilgamesh, there is a lot of feminist traits and gender criticism present. The female characters except for Ninsun are looked at to be vile and seductive beings. Shamhat and Ishtar, the goddess of love and fertility, were two characters that was overlooked and decided to be considered bad people based on actions they took. Shamhat is a prostitute that seduced Enkidu and became the reason he strayed away from his animal state. “There he is, Shamhat, open your embrace” (The Epic of Gilgamesh 42)