Critical Commentary on Shamhat
Shamhat - The reason I chose Shamhat, is because I believe she had a key role in the tale
of Gilgamesh. As I did a little more research I found that ahe was a adolescent and that in
the end with Endiku she found herself with child but could not find much more on this.
She represents herself as a woman, seduction solely to her, when she introduces herself
to Enkidu and the earth. She was the temple prostitute who tames Enkidu by seducing
him away from his ingrained environment by the request of his brother Gilgamesh.
Though Shamhat’s power comes from her sexuality, which is more compared to
civilization rather than raw nature. The sensuous advancements of lifestyle and eating
and drinking and so forth are portrayed well by Shamhat. The role of women in The Epic
of Gilgamesh is imperative in the tale. And she is one all-important one in this story.
Her presence was brief but was reverently noted in the tale. But what is her real reason
for her role in this story? She brings about a change, and transformation. She is
mysterious and magical as the co-creator of the knowledge presented
to Enkidu and her sensuality is a main point that helps to bring Enkidu into the
transformation a man. She was believed to be the ultimate of seduction. She can be
known for the eloquent woman in the role she played on giving Enkidu a new change of
life. Changing his world and giving him the meaning of being a 'man'. She gave him the
chance to change for the better and discover what the world around him has to offer a
human man, not a man beast. When she gave him to Gilgamesh, who in turn bonded and
learned from Enkidu himself, he acquired the meaning of brotherly bonding and
comprehension of strength and love. She seems to vanish once Enkidu is with Gilgamesh
as not much was to be found written of her there after, but her image is...
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