Compare And Contrast Gilgamesh And Odysseus

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When two people are so much alike yet so different, it makes a comparison of Gilgamesh and Odysseus an interesting subject. Both the stories of “Gilgamesh” and “The Odyssey” show that the characters were successful warriors with many adventures to be told. Gilgamesh and Odysseus are human with many god-like qualities. Their perception of immortality, as well as regard for death and the influences of the gods in their lives and adventures, are similar; however, the characters have many differences. Gilgamesh was two-thirds God and one-third human that had no regards for his subjects he ruled. He mostly did as he pleased by taking advantage of his subjects, especially abusing women; therefore, he was feared rather than respected by his subjects.…show more content…
Gilgamesh and Enkidu did not have a problem killing Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven; however, one of them had to pay the consequences for what they did. Enkidu’s life ended as a consequence of his disfavor in the eyes of the gods for their misdeeds. Gilgamesh was affected by Enkidu’s death that he decided to go on an adventure to seek immortality. “Gilgamesh, wherefore do you wander? The eternal life you are seeking you shall not find. When the gods created mankind, they established death for mankind, and withheld eternal life for themselves” (Gilgamesh 97). At the end of his journey, he learned that he must accept his mortality. Odysseus and Telemachus’ life seemed to constantly be at risk no matter what adventure they were on; however, their concern for death did not seem to impair…show more content…
Aruru, the goddess of creation, favored Gilgamesh, but was forced to create a half man, half beast name Enkidu to satisfy the complaints of the elderly about Gilgamesh’s harsh treatments towards them. “Let her create a partner for Gilgamesh, mighty in strength, let then contend with each other, that Uruk may have peace” (Gilgamesh 60). At first, they were enemies, but after a long battle, they became friends with Enkidu tempering Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh and Enkidu received the wrath of the god, Ishtar, after they killed Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. Odysseus asked for the favor and instructions from the gods by giving them sacrifices and trying to please them. During their adventures, Odysseus and Telemachus occasionally experienced the wrath of several gods when they displeased them. For example, “Athena spoke these words, but she did not yet give Odysseus the strength to turn the tide” (Homer 552). Athena always seemed to eventually help Odysseus and Telemachus, but she occasionally tested their perseverance. Many other gods disguised themselves to help Odysseus and Telemachus to be successful in their adventures. Disguises were prevalent in “The Odyssey”, both in the realms of the gods as well as mortal
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