Historically journeys were seen as the physical movement of a group of people migrating from one place to another. Additionally, journeys were usually only found throughout the history of civilization and religion. Despite this, journeys come in all aspects and are found in a variety of mediums. Specifically, two journeys that are found in the literary works of The Epic of Gilgamesh and Monkey: A Journey to the West are physical and intellectual. These two stories exemplify what a journey consists of by construction the plots around each protagonist participating in both journeys.
The Epic of Gilgamesh and Monkey: A Journey to the West together portrays a physical journey as a journey that an individual goes on that relies on their newfound acquired greater physical development more so rather than their movement of traveling to place to place. Gilgamesh’s physical journey is introduced in Tablet I when he is described as magnificent and terrible (line 12) and with a tyranny that grows harsher by night (line 69). In a sense, Gilgamesh’s physical journey not only refers to the strength of his body but his power as a king that he uses for malevolent purposes. For example, in Tablet II Gilgamesh attempts to engage sexual intercourse with a newly wedded bride before the groom does. Enkidu hears the plan of Gilgamesh and blocks the door of the couples home to prevent this from taken place. As a result, a powerful fight between the two erupted in the center of Uruk that shook the doorjambs and made the walls shudder (Tablet II, line 215). This fight displays Gilgamesh physical bodily strength because the walls of Uruk were made from solid bricks and that shook and power as a king since he made an attempt to sleep with ...
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...ey. For example, the physically journeys of many Christians, Catholics, and Jewish people require them to travel to their respective church/synagogue on a specific day(s) to worship their God along with the other members that belong to their place of worship. On the other hand, Muslims have a physical journey to their mosques but ultimately their greatest physical journey is the hajj or to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their adulthood.
Journeys are universal by reason that everyone experiences them and are found in various forms in literature and real life. Journeys serve as a development guidance to aid in the progression of aspects in our lives that may be immature or need refining. In Gilgamesh and Monkey’s situation, their journeys matured their physical and intellectual aspects of their lives that allowed them reach a solution to their problems.
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