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Read the following lines from Book VI, in which Gilgamesh responds to Ishtar’s advances.

“‘Why would I want to be the lover of a broken oven that fails in the cold, a flimsy door that the wind blows through, a palace that falls on its staunchest defenders, a mouse that gnaws through its thin reed shelter, tar that blackens the workman’s hands….?’” (Mitchell 132).

The literary devices in this passage

A

illustrate Ishtar's long-standing hatred for Gilgamesh due to the negative connotations and tone of disdain that she uses to address him.

B

serve as a warning that women cannot play both the role of submissive domesticity and the role of the alpha leader and that Ishtar's show of power through her advances is a blasphemous one in this culture.

C

suggest the primal, animalistic desire that Ishtar holds for Gilgamesh due to the budding romance that has started to blossom between them.

D

illustrate the contempt between an unrequited love between Ishtar and Gilgamesh due to infidelity and differing viewpoints.

E

suggest the contempt that Gilgamesh feels for Ishtar's rough and unrefined nature.

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