In The Bedroom, Directed By Tom Field And The Epic Of Gilgamesh, Compiled By Sin Leqi Unninni

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The tragedies that occurred in the epic poem “The Epic of Gilgamesh” compiled by Sin-leqi-unninni compared and contrasted with the more modern work and film “In the Bedroom” directed by Todd Field (based on the novel Killings by Andre Dubus) are two stories full of tragedy, sorrow, and pain. Yet, the traditional understanding of tragedy may not pertain completely with these two works because of the cultures and societies in which they were written, they do, however, have many aspects of the Aristotelian definition of tragedy. Death is considered a tragedy and produces emotions of sorrow and distress in most cultures. Life is to be cherished and rejoiced in, but in the “Epic of Gilgamesh” and “In the Bedroom”, death seems to overcome life, which creates great tragedy within the midst of the main characters of the book and film. In the actions that Gilgamesh renders when Enkidu dies, and the pain that Dr. Matt Fowler and his wife encounter by the death of their son, Frank, makes the characters of Gilgamesh and Dr. Fowler “Tragic Heroes” by the Aristotelian definition which says, “Figure of high standing, noble birth, makes some choice of free will, exposing his or her tragic flaw (hamartia), [which] ultimately leads to suffering” (Tragedy Lecture). There are three main reasons in regard to The Epic of Gilgamesh and In the Bedroom that make these ancient and modern works tragedies; love, death, and revenge. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the story of two men, Gilgamesh and Enkidu. As the poem unfolds, Gilgamesh and Enkidu create a strong bond but are distracted from all that is around them by the quests and journeys that they find themselves pursuing. Similarly, Dr. Fowler and his son Frank are distracted by Frank’s girlfriend Natalie, by the excitement she brings to their lives Dr. Fowler and Frank bond over the relationship that is evolving between Frank and Natalie and her sons. (In the Bedroom) Gilgamesh and Enkidu continue in their relationship and Gilgamesh has never felt the pleasure and amusement to the extent that he has when he is with Enkidu, book one says, “So Enkidu and Gilgamesh embraced and their friendship was sealed”(Epic of Gilgamesh book 1). As their relationship grows throughout the story, so did the love between them. Love was one of the main reasons the gods sent Enkidu to Gilgamesh, to help him feel and know what it is like to have a companion and friend so he would not destroy the town of Uruk. Gilgamesh realized his immortality more through the friendship with Enkidu because of the outlook he had of love but love is what ultimately leads to a tragic ending for Gilgamesh and Enkidu. As the relationships unfold in The Epic of Gilgamesh, so do the relationships in the film, In the Bedroom which is a story of choices, hardships, and in the end, suffering. Love for the son, Frank, from the Father, Dr. Fowler and the Mother, Ruth, but also from Frank’s girlfriend, Natalie is what eventually creates such...

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