Essay on Women Who Made A Difference

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Women Who Made a Difference Women, while often portrayed as unimportant to the hero’s success or failure, were sometimes the catalyst that aligned the hero with fate. Siduri, in The Epic of Gilgamesh, gave Gilgamesh the information he needed to complete his quest for immortality. It was, however, her words of wisdom that ultimately offered the answers he sought. Rebekah, in The Old Testament, executed a plan so Jacob, rather than Esau, received his father’s blessing. When Esau vowed to kill Jacob, Rebekah ensured his protection. Jokasta, in Oedipus, enabled the fulfillment of prophecy by abandoning her baby. She denied Oedipus the opportunity to face her with the truth by killing herself.
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Siduri was a tavern keeper who lived at the edge of the world. While her appearance in the story was brief, her contribution to the story was monumental. Gilgamesh came to her seeking Utanapishtim, who dwelled in the Underworld. Gilgamesh believed Utanapishtim held the secret to immortality. When she first saw Gilgamesh, Siduri was afraid of him and hid upstairs. But Gilgamesh persisted and Siduri agreed to talk to him.
Siduri first attempted to dissuade Gilgamesh from traveling to the Underworld by offering him some sage advice. She told him he would not find the immortality he is seeking, as eternal life is reserved for the gods and that he should be happy with the life he has. She advised that Gilgamesh himself must choose to be happy. Gilgamesh…

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