The Code Of Hammurabi's Expected Roles Of Women

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Expected Roles of Women
In the first couple lessons of the textbook, lecture, and documents, we have learned about different societies founded in all parts of the world. Each of these societies have their own laws, rules, and views on gender roles. Women are viewed differently in each society. In The Code of Hammurabi, The Code of Manu, and The Laws of Exodus, women have different expectations and roles that help shape society. First, The Code of Hammurabi is a document created by the king Hammurabi, describing the social structure of the Mesopotamian society. The Mesopotamian society was located in the Middle East near Mesopotamia. The society described in The Code of Hammurabi was the Babylonian society. Hammurabi’s goal was to describe the roles and importance of the three classes of society: nobles, commoners, and slaves. In the document, we learn information about women’s expected roles in Babylonian society. Women were the wine sellers of
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However, women were treated with harsher punishment than men because of men’s social class. For example, in the document a law states, “If a woman wine-seller does not accept grain in the right amount of weight or to less of weight, she shall be convicted and thrown in the water.” Even though women had an expected role of being wine-sellers, they were still viewed as untrustworthy, according to the law stated above. Women were also expected to marry a man to produce children. Children encouraged the growth of a society and empire, which was why men valued women who could produce children. This is why some men were able to divorce women if they were unable to give him a child, because of his contribution to society. In the textbook and also in lecture, we learned women must listen to men, no matter the circumstance. Men were high in the social structure, as women were at the bottom.

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