Read the following passage:
"Which of your husbands did you love forever?
Which could satisfy your endless desires?
Let me remind you of how they suffered,
how each one came to a bitter end....
'Why should I eat
this rotten meal of yours? What can you offer
but the bread of dishonor, the beer of shame,
and then reeds as covers when the cold wind blows?'....
If I too become your lover, you would treat me
as cruelly as you treated [the others]" (Mitchell 133-135)
Gilgamesh’s response to Ishtar's flirtatious advances illustrates the Mesopotamian idea that