1141 words - 5 pagesThere are many strange similarities between ancient texts of different cultures. Within these narratives, there are different trappings, but many of the stories remain eerily similar across cultural boundaries; within The EpicofGilgamesh and the Old Testament of the Bible, for instance, there are a number of different stories that are remarkably similar. The story ofGilgamesh and the plant of eternal life are very similar to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. However, perhaps the most similar of the stories contained within the Gilgameshepic and the Old Testament of the Bible is the shared stories of a Flood. Even the Qu’ran, another ancient text from the same regionVIEW DOCUMENT
1021 words - 4 pagesWhat kind of character do we know that possesses beauty, strength, and unmatchable potential for greatness, but also who is an autarchic ruler, unexperienced and impetuous? Gilgamesh is who comes to mind. The epic story is about the hero's growth to full maturity, and his quests for immortality. The document that is to be presented begins after a battle with Humbaba of the sacred Forest of Cedar.The GilgameshEpic is considered to be one of the oldest epics in the world. It is called an epic because it is really a myth. The epic as such is the creation of the Semitic Babylonians and its first fragments belong to the so-called Old Babylonian period, during the dynasty of HammurabiVIEW DOCUMENT
767 words - 3 pages True love and immortality in life would be a dream come true to many people. To spend time with a special someone; the person one feels closest to; the so-called soul mate and to never have that high feeling of emotion end mentally and physically would greatly appeal to most people. But when death steps into the picture, even with all the pain and devastation, one starts to re-evaluate themselves and realizes the important things in life and puts it all into perspective. In The EpicofGilgamesh, the main character, Gilgamesh, is a powerful, arrogant king and part god. Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s partner, is animal-like but later takes on more humanistic traits such as his contemplation’s of deathVIEW DOCUMENT
777 words - 3 pagesFriendship is key to a strong and worthwhile relationship with another individual. It comes to a certain point where an individual may change one’s life, as well as affecting another’s perspective on certain aspects and ideas of righteousness and qualities of oneself. The EpicofGilgamesh focuses on one particular viewpoint in which the realization of growing up and finding wisdom within oneself is emphasized through Gilgamesh himself, and his relationship with his friend Enkidu. On the other hand, Gilgamesh is changed as a person at some point throughout the story where their friendship evolves, in which Gilgamesh’s unpleasant qualities are finally pushed aside. In order to defeat andVIEW DOCUMENT
645 words - 3 pagesSuperman, Iron Man, Green Arrow, Thor, Captain America, and Batman are all examples of our societies current Hero’s, many of which have superhuman abilities but not all. Even in our scientifically advanced society these characters and their stories still capture our imagination, inspire, teach and analyze the values of our culture. It is no surprise that one of the oldest written stories known is just that – a hero’s epic that imparts values and inspires greatness. The EpicofGilgamesh, among other aspects, looks at the relationship between that of nature and culture. There is a central theme throughout this epicof culture and nature clashing; however, this author proposes that the epicVIEW DOCUMENT
1079 words - 4 pagesIn this paper I will be discussing five different things about The EpicofGilgamesh. The first thing that I will discuss is the historical context of the EpicofGilgamesh. Second, will be the main two characters in the epic and the nature of their relationship. Third, will include how the gods are portrayed in the epic. Fourth, I will also discuss how the actual historical occurrence is the basis for the flood story. Lastly, I will discuss what I learned about the Sumerian society by ready the EpicofGilgamesh.
The EpicofGilgamesh has a lot of historical background. All the most important elements of the story existed as separate poems in the older Sumerian literature. It may haveVIEW DOCUMENT
1142 words - 5 pages In the epicofGilgamesh, Gilgamesh embarks upon a quest seeking immortality as a means to peace, meaning, and joy in life. He tries to reach it in many different ways, each as unsuccessful as its predecessor. The two main types of immortality are physical and through the actions or achievements of ones life. Gilgamesh tries first through his actions, but then undergoes a transformation which leads him to next attempt physical immortality. He eventually comes back to the point at which he began; however, now he realizes that the beginning point was always the object of his quest. Uruk, his city, is his legacy and the key to his quest. This lesson underscoresVIEW DOCUMENT
814 words - 3 pagesThe EpicofGilgamesh is the greatest text of Mesopotamia and one of the earliest pieces of world literature. Gilgamesh quest for immortality explores human concerns about death, friendship, nature, civilization, power, violence, travel adventures, homecoming, love and sexuality. Gilgamesh is 2/3 god because of his superhuman strength and endurance; he is 1/3 human because of his mortality. The gods are portrayed in a variety of ways in the Gilgameshepic. In this epic the gods acted very unfairly and impulsively throughout the epic, but also take action to help their people. Gods are dangerous which Gilgamesh and Enkidu (was formed from clay and saliva by Aruru, the goddess of creation, toVIEW DOCUMENT
769 words - 3 pagesGods and goddesses reign over the entire world in The EpicofGilgamesh. Gilgamesh, son of Lugulbanda and Ninsun, rules as king in the city of Uruk he himself built. He also constructs temples for the god Anu and his daughter Ishtar. He travels to the ends of the Earth to find Utnapishtim, the survivor of the flood that was meant to demolish all life. He returns from his travels, and he writes everything down on a tablet. This world Gilgamesh lives in has its similarities and differences of religion compared to modern day; they have people of authority that mortals seem to contest and disagree with for the most part.
When the story begins, Gilgamesh is petrifying and prevailing. TheVIEW DOCUMENT
504 words - 2 pagesWhat?Epic is centered on human more than divine. The EpicofGilgamesh celebrates the heros strength and exploits dark night of the soul and his quest.Gilgamesh established Uruk as supreme city in Mesopotamia. He met a Trapper named Enkidu which later his mother adopted. Together they set out to kill a monster named Humbaba. They succeeded and a woman named Ishtar was amazed by his strength. She then asked him to marry her. He refuses and she has her father, Anu send The bull of Heaven to punish him. Enkidu and Gilgamesh slay the bull. The gods seek revenge and EnkiduVIEW DOCUMENT
1571 words - 6 pagesSurname 1The EpicofGilgameshNameProfessorCourseDateThe EpicofGilgameshWhat is the relationship between the ruled and the ruler?The EpicofGilgamesh is an epic poem and is the first true master piece of literature. It starts with five Sumerian who are the major narrators and the rulers. From the idea given in the poem, it is evident that the relationship between the ruled and the rulers was of a discouraging nature in the beginning of human history.The epicofGilgamesh reflects the unique customs. In the introduction of poem, we find a king who protected people 's lives and improvedVIEW DOCUMENT
1001 words - 4 pagesEpic and Gender: The Case ofGilgamesh
In ancient Mesopotamia, people transmitted orally The EpicofGilgamesh. Gilgamesh is the person who ruled at Uruk about 2700 BCE. This epic was originally composed in Sumerian at 2000 BCE and eventually written on clay tables by Babylonians, Hittites, and other in their own languages (Culture and Value. Page7). This epic focuses on human existence (Culture and Value. Page8).
. According to Reading Selections: Reading 1, in The Flood, it says that when a black storm that was ridden by Adad who is God of storm and led by Shullat and Hanish who are minor gods in Babylonian came from the horizon, the gods of abyss destroyed the city. For exampleVIEW DOCUMENT
1345 words - 5 pages Perhaps one of the main reasons the EpicofGilgamesh is so popular and has lasted such a long time, is because it offers insight into the human concerns of people four thousand years ago, many of which are still relevant today. Some of these human concerns found in the book that are still applicable today include: the fear and concerns people have in relation to death, overwhelming desires to be immortal, and the impact a friendship has on a person’s life. It does not take a great deal of insight into The EpicofGilgamesh for a person to locate these themes in the story, and even less introspection to relate to them.
While many people today seem to be scared to die, and make greatVIEW DOCUMENT
1808 words - 7 pagesIn the epic poem titled The EpicofGilgamesh, Gilgamesh was a king who ruled over the Sumerian city of Uruk around 2600 B.C. Gilgamesh was a very powerful and strong king, but he realized that he must use his power to help the people of Uruk. He is two-thirds god and one third human, which makes him realize that he must reconcile with the fact that he will eventually face death. He realizes that he will not reach full immortality and needs to be satisfied with his responsibilities over his people. Gilgamesh is able to reach a balance between being a king, god and man by accepting his mortality and his duties over his people of Uruk.
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948 words - 4 pages the world have traits similar to those ofGilgamesh, they tend to be selfish, and when they get gifts they are usually unthankful.
Gilgamesh is a good story, dealing with human emotions, friendship, and the dangers of not using your senses. Ancient stories, both fiction and fact, realistically portrays the drama of human life and contain principles that can be applied by everyone. Overall Gilgamesh's qualities are in everyone, but individuals deal with the heroic and non-heroic qualities differently. In the end we are all the same, we have no choice, all of us must deal with each other's Gilgamesh.
Sandars. N. K. The EpicofGilgamesh. New York: Penguin Books, 1972.
549 words - 2 pagesAnalysis of the Character ofGilgamesh
In the epicofGilgamesh, there are many complex characters. Every character involved in the story has their own personality and traits.
The main character in the novel is Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is a character who is very self-confident. He feels that he is superior to others, due to the fact that he is two-thirds god, and one-third man. This arrogance leads to his being cruel at the beginning of the story. Gilgamesh is described as, ãtwo-thirds of him divine, one-third human... Gilgamesh does not allow the son to go with his father; day and night he oppresses the weak... Gilgamesh does not let the young woman go to her mother, theVIEW DOCUMENT
685 words - 3 pagesThe role of women in The EpicofGilgamesh is very important. One particular issue that is demonstrated is the status of women in The EpicofGilgamesh. This is because of the fact that there are particular instances noted in The EpicofGilgamesh that relate to contemporary mean and women. Prostitutions or the use of women for sex is the example that may be emphasized. The role of women is a very important topic in The EpicofGilgamesh, and various women are chosen to represent various aspects of the conception of women. This is where VIEW DOCUMENT
994 words - 4 pagesThroughout the EpicofGilgamesh I discovered the importance of friendships. People will always enter and exit your life but it is the true friendships that last. Friendships are present during happy times but are most important through the rough times. It is people that make the friendships. Similarly to Gilgamesh and Enkidu, it seems that people will only find one person that is meant to be their better half. Although Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s friendship took place a long time ago it can still be compared to friendships in modern day.
Before Enkidu’s coming, Gilgamesh was a man of great power, a being for which there was no equal match. Gilgamesh boasted about his overwhelming glory andVIEW DOCUMENT
836 words - 3 pagesof the beginning of time and the accounts of early man. Evaluating the stories and characters of the first epic, “The EpicofGilgamesh,” with the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, many similarities and differences are recognized. “To explain these parallels scholars have suggested that either one narrative depended on the other or both of them depended on a common source” (Njozi 303).
The only thing early man looked upon was, the knowledge of a divine being or, in other words, a god. In that time humans were extremely religious, believing that their very lives were in the hands of their god. This is true for both the people of biblical times and those of the epic era. In GilgameshVIEW DOCUMENT
952 words - 4 pagesIn analyzing both The EpicofGilgamesh and The Book of Genesis, there are passages describing a flood. These floods are explained very similarly. Many comparisons are recognized throughout these passages; however, there are also contrasting notions which help distinguish between the two stories. The meaning and the value of The Book of Genesis are treasured by the religious faith and The EpicofGilgamesh, which may not be as universally known, is valued in the literary world. People look at these stories as a basis for their everyday lives. The power of God or other gods is out ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1887 words - 8 pagesAn epic is an extensive narrative poem celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero. There are several main characteristics that make up an epic as a literary genre. First is that, it contains an epic hero, its hero searches for immortality (but doesn't find it physically, only through fame), it delivers an historical message, it is a long poem that tells a story, and the gods or other supernatural beings are interested and involved. The EpicofGilgamesh is classified as an epic because it fits all the characteristics of an epic as a literary genre.
The first important characteristic of The EpicofGilgamesh that helps to classify it as an epic is that it includes a heroVIEW DOCUMENT
1466 words - 6 pagesThe EpicofGilgamesh is regarded as the oldest written text discovered by mankind. Written copies of the work are dated during the early Mesopotamian empire. The story concerns the king, Gilgamesh, and his search for immortality. Throughout the piece, gods and divinity are highlighted and by virtue of this, many historians emphasis that the text has religious significance. Approximately a millenium later, Judaism is founded and Moses writes the beginnings of their religious scripture, Genesis and Exodus, the first two parts of the Bible. Though set in different times, by different authors, for different beliefs and cultures, there are many evident parallels between The EpicofGilgameshVIEW DOCUMENT
1042 words - 4 pagesThere are many stories about heroes that change from a bad guy to the good guy. In the ancient story, The EpicofGilgamesh, details are given to reflect how a hero transforms from a static to dramatic character. The hero of the epic, better known as Gilgamesh, undergoes many experiences as he embarks on a long journey to discover what his purpose is in life. Throughout his adventure, Gilgamesh establishes a friendly relationship with a man named Enkidu; in addition to that, he also makes contact with deities that either supported or threatened him. As these events took place, Gilgamesh was experiencing some major changes to his personality. These events are better known as external factorsVIEW DOCUMENT
603 words - 2 pagesStruggling with Death in The EpicofGilgamesh
In the ?EpicofGilgamesh,? Gilgamesh deals with an issue that nearly destroyed him. He sought after immortality so much that he put his own life on the edge. Centuries later, this quest unites our high tech, fast paced culture with the remote and different culture ofGilgamesh. Humanity has yet to find the secret of letting go of the idea of everlasting life.
Many people today hold on to the topic of immortality because they find it so difficult to say goodbye to a loved one. Placing flowers on graves is a popular way to remember the deceased. Even years after the person has died, the family members and friends still go toVIEW DOCUMENT
1368 words - 5 pagesWhen children ask for privileges, adults try to impress upon them the responsibilities that come along with these privileges and the associated freedoms. This is a difficult lesson to learn, and is often learned through trial and error. This relationship of privileges and responsibility is much like that of wisdom and suffering; although privileges and wisdom are great tools, they carry with them many responsibilities, and the possibility of suffering. Such relations are extremely clear in both The EpicofGilgamesh and The Bible. This paper will discuss the general theme of these books as well asVIEW DOCUMENT
1142 words - 5 pagesThe EpicofGilgamesh and Beowulf contain everything we can expect from a great epic literature. It portrays fantastic geographies, exotic characters, exhausting quests, heroic battles with monsters, supernatural beings and natural forces. Most important of all, they are two outstanding stories of a great epic hero who is compelled to meet his destiny and who rises to every challenge with courage and determination.
Beowulf is the earliest surviving epic poem written in a modern European language. It was written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D. The poem describes the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Beowulf is described as a perfectVIEW DOCUMENT
1427 words - 6 pages The EpicofGilgamesh has many similarities to the Bible, especially in Genesis and it’s not just that the both begin with the letter “g”’! One major similarity being the flood story that is told in both works. The two stories are very similar but also very different. Another being the use of serpents in both works and how they represent the same thing. A third similarity being the power of God or gods and the influence they have on the people of the stories. Within these similarities there are also differences that need to be pointed out as well.
The flood story that is told in The EpicofGilgamesh has the same principle as the story of Noah told in the book of Genesis in the BibleVIEW DOCUMENT
1015 words - 4 pagesAbout 2700 years ago there lived a king by the name ofGilgamesh who ruled the city of Uruk in Mesopotamia now known to us as modern day Iraq. Parts of his life are written on clay tablets believed to be the oldest existing written story of a man’s life. (XI). “The epicofGilgamesh”, is the story of his quest for eternal life. In this paper I will be writing about the influence that the women in his life have played in his quest.
The women are, Shamhat, Ninsun, Ishtar, and, “The tavern keeper”. The first woman in Gilgamesh’s quest for eternal life is Shamhat. Shamhat was a prostitute who lived in the city of Uruk. (8). As the story goes, Gilgamesh was an arrogant andVIEW DOCUMENT
1399 words - 6 pagesHistorical Context - Imagery and Themes
Rosenberg notes that Gilgamesh is probably the world's first human hero in literature (27). The EpicofGilgamesh is based on the life of a probably real Sumerian king named Gilgamesh, who ruled about 2600 B.C.E. We learned of the Gilgamesh myth when several clay tablets written in cuneiform were discovered beginning in 1845 during the excavation of Nineveh (26). We get our most complete version ofGilgamesh from the hands of an Akkadian priest, Sin-liqui-unninni. It is unknown how much of the tale is the invention of Sin-liqui-unninni, and how much is the original tale. The flood story, which appears in the Sin-liqui-unninni version, isVIEW DOCUMENT
1424 words - 6 pagesThroughout the history, a person has sought for the real reason of happiness. It was sometimes linked to simple things, whereas sometimes it is thought that even all the values in the world cannot be the reason of happiness. This transforms happiness into a long, difficult adventure. For finishing this adventure people use and sacrifice other values. Furthermore, there are lots of stories, legends, epics that are about this subject. One of epics that is about this subject is" The EpicofGilgamesh." Briefly, this epic narrates that Gilgamesh's searches about immortality and happiness after his best friend, Enkidu, dies. In addition, there is a film that manipulates reaching happinessVIEW DOCUMENT
1571 words - 6 pagesThe role of women is a very important topic in "The EpicofGilgamesh," and various women are chosen to represent various aspects of the mesopotamian conception of women.In the ancient times males were inessential to the preservation of life. "The EpicofGilgamesh" shows how the inability of males to give birth causes a sense of despair and alienation. While the representation of women might seem confusing at first with its wide range of traits, the epic tries to demonstrate all aspects of women, some are dominant in some ways. They are valuable advisors, and have variableVIEW DOCUMENT
1691 words - 7 pagesIn both, The Odyssey and The EpicofGilgamesh, the protagonist goes on an arduous adventure that changes his inherent persona. In The Odyssey, Odysseus embarks on a journey with his crew to return home to his wife Clytemnestra after the fall of Troy. A notable incident he goes through is being courted by Circe but he is able to escape by rejecting her. However, he and his crew go through a lot of obstacles in their journey, some of which includes how Odysseus witnesses the death of his beloved crewmembers. These adventures produced a glorious life story that is similarly close to that of Gilgamesh’s. (Chamberlain 7 Jan. 2011) In The EpicofGilgamesh, Gilgamesh goes on adventures withVIEW DOCUMENT
1222 words - 5 pagesAt an early point in history, The EpicofGilgamesh and the story of Genesis were two texts that set the framework of the entire world. They were two epics that established the foundations of religion, literature, and all other standards that were followed by every category of people. Both texts entice the audience through antique language, and the stories ofepic heroes and immortal gods. Sin-Leqi-Unninni and the many writers of the Bible use love as their central theme, yet it unfolds as having distinguishing effects on all characters throughout both texts. In The EpicofGilgamesh, the author conveys love as a motivational factor for helping Gilgamesh and other characters transitionVIEW DOCUMENT
1546 words - 6 pages, to take mercy on Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh rejects her mostly “because he believes she will destroy him like all her previous lovers” (Karahashi and Lopez-Ruiz 101). Ishtar develops a vengeful attitude in response to Gilgamesh’s rejection and asks her father to send the bull of heaven to destroy man. “A little hunger will replace their arrogance with new desire” (Mason 44). Her actions are important because in the epic “all significant female characters are depicted sympathetically and positively, Ishtar's image, qualities, and behavior…are destructive and negative” (Abusch, "Ishtar’s Proposal" 101).
In conclusion, although the composers of “Gilgamesh” celebrate brotherhood and male bonding inVIEW DOCUMENT
572 words - 2 pagesThe Influence of Women in EpicofGilgameshGilgamesh can be viewed as a writing that describes the social scene of the times it was written in. The characters of Enkidu and Gilgamesh are strong males. The roles of women in Gilgamesh are submissive and subtle. Women in this ancient Sumerian tale tend to be passive, but capable of influencing the outcome of events. Enkidu is a mighty force to confront. He is so strong that he is seen as a wild animal in his first appearances in the book. Gilgamesh is as strong or even stronger than Enkidu. He is the king of Uruk and is part god and part man. These dominant male characters command the most attention of the reader.
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809 words - 3 pagesLove and Death in The EpicofGilgamesh
Abstract: The most interesting stories invariably are about love and death. These two themes underlie the EpicofGilgamesh, a mythic tale of the quest for immortality. Gilgamesh, profoundly affected by the death of his friend Enkidu at the hands of the gods, questions the injustice of life. Finding no answer, he of course tries to change—indeed, eliminate—the question by seeking immortality. The following essay examines Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship, and the effect of Enkidu’s death on Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh’s failure in the end attests the intertwining of love and death in a relationship.
Woody Allen once stated, “It’s not that I’mVIEW DOCUMENT
2359 words - 9 pages humanity’s greatest fears?
The fear of death and the search for eternal life is a cultural universal. The ideology surrounding immortality transcends time and a plethora of cultures. The theme, immortality appears in stories from the EpicofGilgamesh, which was composed by ancient Sumerians roughly around 600 B.C., to present day works of fiction in the twenty first century. The word immortality plays a crucial role in the development of characters in the EpicofGilgamesh; it reveals the importance of life everlasting, and the triumph of humanity’s inordinate fear of eternal rest, death. The focal point of this paper is to shed light on the nature ofGilgamesh and his pilgrimage forVIEW DOCUMENT
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The fear of death and the search for eternal life is a cultural universal. The ideology surrounding immortality transcends time and a plethora of cultures. The theme, immortality appears in stories from the EpicofGilgamesh, which was composed by ancient Sumerians roughly around 600 B.C., to present day works of fiction in the twenty first century. Gilgamesh, a figure of celestial stature, allows his mortal side to whittle away his power after the death of Enkidu. Undeniably, defenseless before the validity of his own end, he leaves Uruk and begins a quest for Utnapishtim; the mortal man who withstood the great deluge and was granted immortality by the gods (Freeman 36). The search forVIEW DOCUMENT
1421 words - 6 pagesAccuracy in The EpicofGilgamesh and The Hebrew Bible
There is much debate over the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible and The EpicofGilgamesh. Even further, yet address less frequently is the importance of discerning this accuracy. Some claim that to understand a work of literature requires extensive knowledge of the background of this work. The contrary position is that a work of literature can be interpreted solely on it’s content. The meaning of the term classical literature is that it can be applied during any period of time, it is eternal. Yet the conditions surrounding the author might still be of interest to the reader, and of importance to the work. As with many casesVIEW DOCUMENT
870 words - 3 pagesEveryone has qualities that are heroic and noble, and everyone has their flaws. No matter who they are, or how perfect others think they are, people still have some negative qualities that can hurt their heroic ones. In the book, The EpicofGilgamesh, by Benjamin Foster, both Gilgamesh and Enkidu had positive and negative characteristics that affected the outcome of their journey and their adventures they experienced throughout their lives.
Gilgamesh was considered a hero because he had many great qualities, such as loyalty, perseverance, and heroism. Although these are heroic traits, he also had his flaws and was self-righteous, selfish, and prideful. Gilgamesh was a great manVIEW DOCUMENT
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Jackson, Danny P. The EpicofGilgamesh. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1992. Print
This book is a translated version ofGilgamesh by Danny P. Jackson. The book has pictures of ancient Sumerian artwork and the tablets of the epic.
Sadigh, Micah. "The Foundation of Existentialism In The Oldest Story Ever Told."
Journal Of The Society For Existential Analysis 21.1 (2010): 76-88. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.
This paper gives a brief summaryof “Gilgamesh,” and how it is among the first and oldest stories ever told. The article postulates the concept of existentialism. Existentialism is a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of theVIEW DOCUMENT
1784 words - 7 pagesUltimate RedemptionBoth The EpicofGilgamesh and Genesis contain stories of a mass flood that is meant to wipe out humanity entirely, or almost entirely. The deluge is a result of the gods' or God's wrath. In both stories the flood is global, God or the gods intend to wipe out mankind, God or a god orders righteous man to build a large boat, take all species of animals to repopulate the earth, sends out birds to find land, makes sacrifices after the flood and is therefore blessed. It is obvious that theVIEW DOCUMENT
1690 words - 7 pages world. (2) The similarity between this story and that of Genesis is astounding. The table below gives a comparison of both these stories.
The Book of Genesis
(Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that he was a true worshipper of the god Ea. When the gods decided to destroy mankind by a flood, Ea warned his devotee and told him): “O man of Shurrupak, son of Ubar-Tutu, tear down your house and built a ship; abandon wealth seek after life; scorn possessions save your life. Bring up the seed of all kinds of living things into the ship; the ship which you shall built. Let its dimensions be well measured.”
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1014 words - 4 pages“Will you too die as Enkidu did? Will grief become your food? Will we both fear the lonely hills, so vacant? I now race from place to place, dissatisfied with whereever I am and turn my step toward Utnapishtim, godchild of Ubaratutu”
(Jackson “Gilgamesh Tablet IX” 4-9)
Gilgamesh so much feared death that he threw away his honor as a warrior in order to obtain immortality.
For centuries there have existed individuals who yearn for everlasting life. A journey that so many have traversed, but have failed in the attempt. The ideology surrounding immortality transcends time and a plethora of cultures. The theme, immortality appears in stories from the EpicofGilgamesh, which was composed byVIEW DOCUMENT
1082 words - 4 pagesA Textual Analysis of Genesis and the EpicofGilgamesh
The stories of the floods found in both Gilgamesh and Genesis contain many striking
similarities that are inevitably beyond mere coincidence. One could surmise that both of these stories might have a basis in common historical occurrence. However, despite the fact that both of these works discuss a common topic, the portrayal of this event is quite different. Like identical twins raised in different cultures, the expressions of these works are products of their environment.
The focus of this analysis is on Genesis (chapter 7) and Gilgamesh (lines 1 - 25). These two different passages will be analyzed to relate eachVIEW DOCUMENT
1829 words - 7 pagesThe Bible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The EpicofGilgamesh - Are They Relevant Today?
In The EpicofGilgamesh, Gilgamesh, the hero of this epic, achieves many feats of skill, which makes him famous, but that is not the reason it is an epic. The EpicofGilgamesh fulfills the requirements of an epic by being consistently relevant to a human society and carries immortal themes and messages. By looking at literature throughout history, one can infer the themes that are consistently passed on to other generations of humans. It is in human nature for people to want to excel in life and strive to make a name in this world for themselves. We want to be remembered byVIEW DOCUMENT
2182 words - 9 pagesThe Flood in the EpicofGilgamesh and the Flood of Genesis
The Biblical book, Genesis, of the Old Testament contains an account of an historic Flood which has never been equaled in intensity. Tablet 11of the Sumero-Babylonian version of the epicofGilgamesh also records a Flood quite expansive and quite devastating. Are they a record of the same event?
E.A. Budge states in Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the EpicofGilgamesh that the narration of the Flood in Sumero-Babylonian records may simply be related to a local flood instead of a worldwide Flood such as the Bible narrates:
It is not too much to assume that the original event commemorated in theVIEW DOCUMENT
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Heroism is a theme that has appeared throughout history in the literature of different civilizations. Heroes represent the principles and ideals associated with the varying morals of each individual society. The literature of Mesopotamia and Western Europe is a prime example of this. Beowulf, an Anglo-Germanic tale and The EpicofGilgamesh, of the Sumerians, demonstrate perfectly, the ability of civilizations to convey the values and customs of their society through their literature.
The setting for Beowulf is Scandinavia, before the time Christianity had spread its course. Beowulf, the title character is the hero in this tale. He possesses many of the typical heroic traitsVIEW DOCUMENT
775 words - 3 pagesThe stories "EpicofGilgamesh", translated by N.K.Sandars and "Noah and the Flood," from Genesis, are similar, and different in many ways. One of the similarities between these two stories is that they both took place thousands of years ago, and the difference between these stories is that the story of "The Flood" is part of a longer epic, "EpicofGilgamesh", and "Noah and the Flood" stands alone. Also, like the creation stories of Genesis, the story of NoahVIEW DOCUMENT
3093 words - 12 pagesHeroes are goals for our own aspirations. Humanity is assembled around the necessity for role models and the transference down of information, this is how we learn. A hero is defined as someone with admirable traits or people who, in the face of danger or from a position of weakness, display courage or the will for self-sacrifice, whether it be moral in a literal or figurative approach. These notions of heroism are portrayed directly through the collection of relating texts, ‘The EpicofGilgamesh,’ and ‘The Ballad of Mulan,’ and the film ‘Saving Private Ryan.’
A hero can be anyone. The modern day hero does not need physical strength or have super human powers, nor do they need to be ofVIEW DOCUMENT