Role of Women

In each of the texts we’ve read this session, excluding Persepolis, women were supplemental characters. Historically a women’s place in society was seen as lower than a man, and this was evident throughout the readings. There was a lot of negativity associated with women both obviously and inconspicuous. The women with larger parts were often affected the male in negative way, like Enkidu and Eve. In most of the texts women weren’t even full characters, just briefly introduced, sometimes without even having a name. Men are given central roles vital to the stories.  

After Enkidu convinces Gilgamesh to kill Humbaba, Enkidu has dreams of the gods wishing him dead. He blames Shamhart "the harlot" and claims she made him weak and had defiled his pure body.
Marjane is a curious and intelligent woman overcame a lot in her youth. She holds self education highly and being true to herself is very important. She influences the people around her.
“The wish to be a man is found so frequently, consciously, or unconsciously, in woman” ( pg 191).
The city of Athens in named in honor of the goddess Athena. / Compares someone who would bring shame to the Athens "no better than women" (Pg 52). Sexism was cultural.
Eve was made from the rib of Adam, God felt man needed a companion. She is tricked by a serpent and eats from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Punished by mortality and child bearing pains.
On page 28, when talking about being a canon for all of the world, men are compared with the color white, and glory. Women are compared with the color black, and disgrace which was to be avoided.
In Luke 1-24, women were not a main part of the story. Jesus heals many women. The "blessed" women all have important sons.
Women are mentioned a great deal in the Koran, and are to be treated with respect. Though it clearly states that men are superior, and that women are expected to comply with them.
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