The Jezebel

Using What They Have to Get What They Want.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)


As interesting the epics that we have read in class are, I thought it would be a good idea to show how archetypal images are still being used in modern day movies.

Jennifer’s Body (2009) is a teenage horror movie about a teenager named Jennifer Check who becomes possessed by a flesh eating demon. Upon being bitten by her favorite rockstar, she begins to eat several of her male classmates including her best friend’s boyfriend who rejected her because he was involved with her best friend.




The Epic of Gilgamesh: Ishtar


In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, war, love, and sex fulfills the archetype of the Jezebel. Ishtar attempts to seduce the hero of this epic, Gilgamesh, into being her husband to save his life, but he refuses.

“Listen to me while I tell the tale of your lovers. There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year. You loved the many-coloured roller, but still you struck and broke his wing […] You have loved the lion tremendous in strength: seven pits you dug for him, and seven. You have loved the stallion magnificent in battle, and for him you decreed the whip and spur and a thong […] You have loved the shepherd of the flock; he made meal-cake for you day after day, he killed kids for your sake. You struck and turned him into a wolf; now his own herd-boys chase him away, his own hounds worry his flanks.”

After his refusal, Ishtar becomes enraged and begs her father to have Gilgamesh and Enkidu killed.

“If you refuse to give me the Bull of Heaven, I will break in the doors of hell and smash the bolts; there will be confusion  of people, those above with those from the lower depths. I shall bring up the dead to eat food like the living; and the hosts of the dead will outnumber the living.”

Welcome to my archetype page!


My name is Courtney Jay Reed. I am a junior English Major at Spelman College. I am also a student in Dr. Warner’s Myth and Epic Literature Class and this is my archetypal project page!

After reading several epics and exploring the many archetypal images found, I have decided to explore the Jezebel archetype. The reason I chose the archetype of the Jezebel is because here at Spelman we view the same type of woman all the time; the feminist overly intelligent woman. The Jezebel is the complete opposite. She is aware of her physical beauty and how it can help her advance in her area of choice.

Hope you all enjoy!


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