Today: We brainstormed topics for our response to The Epic of Gilgamesh. Students picked one and started free-writing on that topic.
Here are our topics, as suggested by students:
Topic: What is the significance of this key moment? (choose one)
- the slaying of Humbaba
- the death of Enkidu
- the proposal of / spurning of Ishtar
- the slaying of the Bull of Heaven
- the journey to find Utnapishtim
- the ending
- the creation of Enkidu
- The civilization of Enkidu
- The meeting of Gilgamesh and Enkidu
Topic: How/why does Gilgamesh change over the course of the epic?
Topic: Is Gilgamesh a hero or a villain? A good or bad king? (I suggest, instead of this topic, you discuss how Gilgamesh changes over the course of the epic, because clearly he starts out as a villain.
Topic: The role of the gods
Topic: What role does DEATH play in this story? (Fear of death, quest for immortality, death Enkidu, etc.)
Topic: What is the overall theme of this story? Is there a message?
Topic: What role(s) do women play in this story? Is the portrayal of women positive or negative?