He is an individual with overwhelming power, and it is because of this that makes Gilgamesh a very arrogant person. This arrogant side of him is accompanied by an extensive abuse of power, which leads to injustice and rage in the city of Uruk: “The young men of Uruk he harries without warrant”. This problem does not bother Gilgamesh; he lives to display to others his royal power. The first sign of change in Gilgamesh occurs after the birth of Enkidu. Gilgamesh’s mother, Ninsun, said to him, “Like a wife you’ll love him, caress and embrace him, he will be mighty, and often save you”.
Although the power and passion of love as a potent force cannot be overlooked, it can have a destructive effect when pursued with self -centered motives. James Hurst illustrates the theme of unrequited love in, "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story in which the protagonist and his handicapped brother, Doodle, develop a fulfilling relationship that grows gradually more manipulative. Doodle's brother trains him to walk and play out of the selfish need to restore his cracked pride broken by the embarrassment of having a crippled brother. Doodle does not comprehend the extent of his brother’s corrupt motives and unconsciously works to fulfill his brother’s ambitions by meeting his nearly impossible expectations and surpassing his goals. However, despite
When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh goes through the suffering of losing a loved one. Gilgamesh experiences a pain, which no worldly pleasure can ease. By this experience Gilgamesh starts to understand his vulnerability toward death and pain. Losing his best friend causes Gilgamesh to be melancholic. At this point Gilgamesh is humbled by the fact that even he could not escape the wrath of death.
His grand error of wanting recognition drove him crazy and insane and lead to his tragic death. Willy’s hubris makes him feel extremely proud of what he has, when in reality he has no satisfaction with anything in his life. Willy Loman’s sons did not reach his expectations, as a father but he still continued to brag about Biff and Happy in front of Bernard. Willy Loman caused the reader to empathize with him because before his tragic death he did everything he could for his family. Empathy, Hubris , and Willy Loman’s tragic flow all lead him to his death that distend for him the beginning.
Gilgamesh hears of this and goes to meet him. The wise Ninsun said to Gilgamesh, “You will love him as a woman and he will never forsake you" (80). Gilgamesh had finally met his match, a friend that would serve as his life-long companion. From the seal of this friendship, Gilgamesh starts to change his narcissistic habits. He united Enkidu wi... ... middle of paper ... ...ilgamesh appears to be selfish by misusing his powers and gifts for his own earthly pleasure.
But by balancing my own views and ego I achieved in sustaining our friendship and we built past that conflict and on to other discussions. Gilgamesh is known for his strong friendship with Enkidu. When Enkidu passed, it was as if his entire world fell apart because now he too was looking mortality in the face and he was scared. “How can I rest, how can I be at peace? What my brother is that shall I be when I’m dead.” It was hard to confront the future of his own demise without Enkidu, but when Gilgamesh conquered that inner fear it made him stronger.
Gilgamesh is portrayed as a cruel and corrupt ruler disliked by his city’s people, a powerful and mighty warrior, a miserable wreck, and eventually a compassionate, prideful man. During each of these changes, one can see how Gilgamesh’s perspective on life alters. Eventually, his search for immortality fades into the past along with his old self, leaving Gilgamesh to start anew. Ultimately, his journey and the events that took place greatly effect Gilgamesh molding him into a new person. The beginning of the epic contains a description of Gilgamesh and his actions.
Every battle has a man who stands out at the forefront and shines above the rest. During these two time periods there stood two great men: Gilgamesh, the selfish, lustful king, and Beowulf the proud and boastful warrior. These two men, both powerful and well-respected, embody the true essence of what it means to be an epic hero. Gilgamesh’s lifestyle and rash decisions make him the perfect candidate for a life lesson by the gods. Beowulf and his boastful nature ultimately lead him to be great in life and to later fall.
Whiles I see lives, the gashes do better upon them”. Macbeth's death was strangely sympathetic, you had to almost feel bad for him. He was corrupt and ultimately had no choice the to be a murder. Macbeth starts out a noble, brave, warrior, who had great flaws which made him into a tragic hero. He made some wrong turns and let his superstition, love, and overwhelming enthusiasm overcome him and he lost his title of a “Noble Man” and even lost his love to his cruel heart lust to be King.
He couldn't confront the truth that Enkidu has died. Enkidu was more than a best friend to him, he was a brother whom he loved. Because of his love for Enkidu, Gilgamesh builds a statue so everyone in Uruk will remember him. This demonstrates Gilgamesh changing from selfish to selfless. This change is part of Gilgamesh's transformations towards becoming a hero.