1) Love is a major theme in the text. But what is the most important relationship in the story, in your opinion- and why? Defend your answer. 2) What role do women play in the Epic of Gilgamesh? For example, how would you characterize women like Ishtar, Ninsun, Shamhat, or Aruru? How do these characters help advance any of the story’s themes? Finally, what do their portrayals suggest about the status of women in this ancient culture? 3) The fear of mortality is a dominant theme in the epic. How does the character of Gilgamesh grapple with his fear of mortality? Does Gilgamesh’s attitudes on this topic change over the course of the story? If so, how, and why? Submit your main response to the discussion forum prompt on or before the required date/time by clicking the ‘**REPLY HERE**’ link. Your main response should be substantive, addressing each required part of the forum prompt. Your main response should be at least 150 words.