Heroes As Cultural Ideals Changing Essay

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Odysseus's claims to fame are also strength related, his actions in the Trojan War and on his journey home. This suggests that the idea of the ideal man had changed significantly. No longer do we revere men for their might, but for their diplomacy.

For women, too, the expectations have changed. Shamhat, a character in The Epic of Gilgamesh, is a temple prostitute whose claim to fame is her ability to civilize the wild man, Enkidu, by having sex with him. The trapper tells Shamhat, "Spread out your robe so he can lie upon you / and perform for this primitive the task of womankind!" (The Epic Tablet I). This means that Shamhat is a hero because of her sexual ability. Today, those women who are able to succeed because of their intellect, not because of their sex, are considered to be heroic.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh. Academy for Ancient Texts. n.d. 25 June 2009.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh. Academy for Ancient Texts. n.d. 25 June 2009.

<http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/>

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