Gender Roles In Gilgamesh Essay

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David Dlug
Professor A. Cronin
Readings in Non-Western Literature
2 February 2016
Gender Roles in Gilgamesh and Persepolis Roles of both men and women are clearly depicted in both Gilgamesh and Persepolis. In Gilgamesh, men are often portrayed as strong, powerful, and hardworking characters. Women in this text are more often than not a mixture of power, influence, and beauty. Men coexist in a society in which women are close to men in terms of power. The same cannot be said for the men and women in Persepolis. Women in the text are suppressed so much that they essentially have no rights. Although the text is very real, it’s very shocking for the reader, from the modern age to believe this is. Men on the other hand, have a decent amount of rights in Iran, but
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First and foremost, men found in Persepolis are mostly seen as strong, just like in Gilgamesh. In this text though, strength is seen more so as the will to stand up for one’s beliefs. Although there are many fundamentalist men who support the government’s cruel and oppressive rules for women in Iran, there are just as many modern men who are willing to stand up and call for change. A very good example of a strong, modern man is Margi’s uncle, Anoosh. Marji was excited to meet him and was even more enthusiastic to tell of him after he left: “There are a lot of heroes in my family. My grandpa was in prison, my uncle Anoosh too: for nine years! He was even in the U.S.S.R…” (Satrapi 61) Marji’s father is also a hero, but Marji fails to accept this since she defines a hero as someone who has been arrested, tortured, or killed, which can be seen in the following quote: “So my father was not a hero… If only he had been in prison.” (Satrapi 54) Both Anoosh and her father display idealistic qualities such as bravery and strength as opposed to the qualities displayed by the fundamentalist men who degrade and belittle women in