In each work of literature the respective society oppresses women in various ways. As a means of surviving in this environment, the strong female characters in each story show their strength through sexual expression in order to reestablish balance and regain their power. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, most troubling is the mistreatment of women and use of horrendous sexual acts to gain dominance. Additionally it should be noted that even women of higher status still were mentioned not by name but as a man’s wife. Further perpetuating the idea of women as objects under the control of a man. In The Complete Persepolis, Marjane exemplifies a true feminist in promoting the ideals of an independent woman while not attacking those who chose a more traditional lifestyle. Her whole essence and life purpose is to promote female expression, while living under a religious state that would rather conceal it. This exhibit will provide viewers with visual examples of the struggles of various characters throughout these stories.