Stories reflect and mirror culture. Some writers write about how things currently are in their own society and the position that certain people hold in that society. It is because of that kind of thought and style of writing that a reader can learn and in some ways better understand the hierarchical position of peoples in a society at a particular time in history. In ancient Mesopotamia, women had fewer privileges and rights then the men. Despite their lack of rights and privileges, women in high position were viewed as temptresses, tamers, and a essential part of Mesopotamian culture.
The harlot plays a very important role in the development of this story. It was because of her that Gilgamesh and Enkidu were able to meet. A hunter approaches Gilgamesh and complains about a beast that is breaking his traps and preventing him from catching the game in the forests( 64 ). Gilgamesh tells the hunter, " ...take with you a harlot, a child of pleasure" (64). Gilgamesh's appointment of a harlot to the trapper, shows exactly ho...
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