In my opinion Gilgamesh is one of the characters we see change the most. We see him change from a tyrannical leader to someone who has immortality on his mind. Does that sound like a good leader? The poem opens up with how Gilgamesh treats the people in his city. More importantly the women. While society back then was mostly male dominant, this was still something that was against most moral codes. The way this is translated you can tell Gilgamesh is not a popular king. “Gilgamesh sounds the tocsins for his amusement, his arrogance has no bounds by day or night.” (George, Page 839 Kindle Edition). The book even talks about how he is supposed to “shepherd” over his people but they think he is more like a “savage bull”. The journey Gilgamesh and Enkidu went on was not so heroic. This journey is to make an even bigger name for himself. I fi...
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...ith him and he loses credibility because of that. Something that is constant throughout time is, commitment to your people. Oedipus, Samuel, and David are all very loyal but, Saul and Gilgamesh are not. Throughout all theses comparisons we can see a pattern forming that Gilgamesh and Saul are considered poor leaders and, David Samuel and Oedipus are good rulers.
I think the stories I chose to compare were very different. It is important to look at a variety of examples when one is trying compare and contrast. We looked at the Theban plays from the mid 400BC, we examined Gilgamesh from 2000BC, and 1 & 2 Samuel from around 800BC. From theses texts I would conclude that throughout time a good leader is someone who is loyal to their people, powerful, and intelligent. I believe that these traits still hold true today and will continue to be true for years to come.
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