Religion

Religion being a dangerous and important force in both novels. Religion takes a major role in Gilgamesh as the Gods can control almost anything as they please. This becomes more of a dangerous force. In The Complete Persepolis Marjane is affected by religion in a different manner. Religion is the driving force that causes war and rebellion in her country, Iran. Religion plays a major but different role in each novel but ultimately has similar impacts on each central characters. 

Ishtar and the Bull of Heaven. Shows how dangerous the gods really are. When Gilgamesh rejects Ishtar she sends the Bull down to kill him and Enkidu.
Humbaba guarding the Forest of Cedar can also be shown as the dangers of religion in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
The actual fight between Gilgamesh and the dangerous Humbaba can be a metaphor for a God fighting a devil. Throughout the book it is said how dangerous Humbaba is.
Enlil was known to be the most powerful God. He was close to Humbaba who Gilgamesh and Enkidu slayed.
Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh about the plant-like coral at the bottom of the ocean that can grant him eternal life. The coral can be viewed as a religious symbol back in Babylonian times.
In The Persepolis we notice how the veil symbolizes the religious beliefs of the Iranian people in the earlier years during the revolution.
The demonstrations were also a big part of Marjane's time in Iran. These demonstrations took place as a result of the political uprising that was going on. It can be ultimately be brought back to religion because the reason for the disagreement is the difference in beliefs between the people of Iran.
For some people Shah was considered to be the all powerful leader and people followed him like a God. This led to dangerous demonstrations and violence throughout the country.
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