Write an essay of 1000 words in which you show a clear understanding of the historical and cultural background and context of The Epic of Gilgamesh, and that also addresses the following question.

Choose just one of these prompts. 1. Write an essay of 1000 words in which you show a clear understanding of the historical and cultural background and context of The Epic of Gilgamesh, and that also addresses the following question. You may organize your paper in two parts, or you may integrate historical background into your paper in some other way your option. Background and history should take up less than 1/3 of the paper. The more important part should take at least 2/3 of your paper: Ultimately, what does The Epic of Gilgamesh tell us about what it means to be human? How do both Gilgamesh and Enkidu change in ways that might help us answer that question? 2. Write an essay of 1000 words in which you show a clear understanding of the historical and cultural background and context of The Epic of Gilgamesh, and that also addresses the following question. You may organize your paper in two parts, or you may integrate historical background into your paper in some other way your option. Background and history should take up about 1/3 of the paper. The more important part should take up 2/3 of your paper: There are several female characters in the epic both divine and human. How are women represented in the epic? What roles do they play in the lives of Gilgamesh and Enkidu? Is there a difference between how mortal and divine women are represented? If so, what sorts of differences are there?

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