Both Gilgamesh and the Odyssey have central female characters, both mortal ones and goddesses.
Discuss how the two epics deal with such subjects as what power women have;
how central the women are to the events in the epics;
to what extend the goddesses exhibit characteristics similar to mortal women;
whether women are portrayed as having flaws or traits that are unique to females.
From Gilgamesh, focus on Siduri and possibly Ishtar, Ninsun, or Shamash; for Homer,
you have many options, including Penelope, Athena, Anticleia, Circe, Calypso, and Nausicaa.
One of the passages you should quote (all or in part) and analyze is the following:
When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man (25).
Write an essay presenting your argument. Include quotations from the texts as well as additional details that illustrate and enhance the points you are making.
Use the following as an outline of what to include:
Explain the general topic and relevant themes (e.g. heroes, women) and any relevant terms for that topic (suggested 1-2 paragraphs).
Apply that topic to both Gilgamesh and to the Odyssey (suggested 4-6 paragraphs). Give specific examples and quotes from the texts to illustrate your points. Use in-text citations for the quotations.
Your final page should be your Works Cited page, in MLA format. It should include the literary texts, as well as any content pages from the course material to which you may have referred.
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