Women—Support or Burden?
Women play important roles in both The Bible and The Aeneid; however, because of cultural differences, they are portrayed distinctly from one another. In The Bible, women are usually associated with helpfulness, whereas women in The Aeneid are often associated with absurdness and lust. The authors’ portrayals of women in each text differ in such that women in The Bible hold powers that are crucial as they represent Jesus’s supporters throughout his journey, while women in The Aeneid are the obstacles that hinder men from proceeding their duties. Thus, while men are achieving success, women are the backbones and necessary in the Christian community, whereas women are insignificant and obstacles that prohibit men from success in the Roman community.
In the Gospel of Mark, women have positive contribution toward Jesus’s life, while respect resides in the relationship between Jesus and women. In Book 14, while in Simon’s house, a woman pours a jar of ointment on Jesus’s head, illustrating Jesus’s holy figure as the ointment is priced highly. Such action depicts Jesus as a god-like figure, as well as the power that rests within the woman in which she chooses to praise Jesus. While applying ointment on Jesus, the woman recognizes and legitimizes Jesus’s special existence, which is extremely important in Jesus’s life, since he is indicated to be the Messiah. Furthermore, in Book 15, when Jesus is hanged on the crucifix, “there were also women looking on from a distance...These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee.” (Mark, 5.40-41) At this instance, the faith that the women has for Jesus reveals their respects toward him, and the fact that the author focuses on having only women in the audience suggests that women withhold the persistence that men seem to lack. Moreover, in Book 16, when Jesus resurrects, “he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.” (Mark, 16.9) Such a detail is significant because Mary, after Jesus...
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