A look at the theme of Power in The Epic of Gilgamesh as well as The complete Persepolis. Although the two texts take on a different position of power, the two approaches add to the curiosity of the theme. 

"Back in Uruk Gilgamesh's beauty provokes the desire of the goddess Ishtar and she proposes to him... [but] Gilgamesh scorns her..." ( VI 1). This quote shows just how powerful Gilgamesh was. Not only did he turn down Ishtar, the daughter of the God Anu, but he also scorns her and by doing this he is saying that he doesn't care who she is but she is going to know who he is and obey him just like the common folks. This picture relates to the text because it not only symbolizes Ishtar trying to use her femininity to get Gilgamesh but also her nakedness is symbolic of of Gilgamesh making her vulnerable.
"Then Gilgamesh brave and skillful... thrust in his knife... had slain the bull of heaven" (V1 145). Here, Gilgamesh is being depicted as a physically strong man. A normal God or King would have had his army kill a bull or any animal for them but here Gilgamesh is saying yes he is a man of power but he is also a man of physical power because he just slain a bull. The picture is the skinned head of a bull which supports the quote because Gilgamesh killed the bull by butchering of the bulls head
"My friend, Humbaba who guards the Forest of Cedar finish him, slay him, do away with his power"(V 183). This scene in the novel is one of the best descriptions of just how powerful Gilgamesh is. He killed a monster who was placed to guard a sacred forest.
"We didn't really like the wear the veil, especially since we didn't understand why we had to"(3). On the contrary to the Epic of Gilgamesh, in the graphic novel The Complete Persepolis, the main character is battling for power, for a voice. This quote shows that Satrapi did not have power. She was forced to wear a veil at a young age without understanding why. The picture speaks volumes and was chosen because it shows two young girls dressed in all white and wearing veils displaying their innocence and vulnerability.
"My idea was to put nails between our fingers... and to attack Ramin"(45). This point in the text shoes Satrapi developing and gaining a voice-gaining power. I choose the portrait of the warrior woman because at this point in the text, Satrapi is like a warrior, she was ready to fight for what she felt like was just.
"For the first time, I realized just how much danger we were in...'I don't want to die'"(136). During this moment in adolescent Satrapi's life, she felt powerless again. it is the first realization she has to just how dangerous and real the situation surround her is. Above all, it shows just how powerless she is.
Credits: All media
This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.