From his compassion, his respect and his leadership qualities, Gilgamesh creates a memorable mark in the vicinity of the people of Uruk. He is an exemplary figure who challenges other leaders in their ability to take risks. Whether or not he would find immortality did not depend on him but he took a leap of faith to know his fate and that of his people. The truth sometimes requires bravery as in his case. Therefore, Gilgamesh stands out as an impressive character in the text.
This is the reason why the act the way they do. The similarities in the characters show how alike these two legendary heroes are. Odysseus’s pride, appears more subtly in the Odyssey and actually benefits him at the end of his tale, instead of being bluntly obvious and hindering him, as it did with Gilgamesh. His pride stems from his renowned skills in archery and cunning. Both he uses, to his full advantage, when it comes to dealing with suitors in his home.
Oedipus is the King of Thebes, who is dealing with a life of irony and anguish over his fate of a prophecy. Mythological Theories Joseph Campbell’s model of a hero’s journey is a theoretical approach to describe the narration of mythology, specifically one of a mythic hero. The Monomyth is present in many types of myths, not mattering where the culture of the my... ... middle of paper ... ...welry, when he consciously realizes and confirms the truth of his fulfilled prophecy. Initiation of Gilgamesh After King Gilgamesh and Enkidu brutally fight, they are considered equals. They have developed a relationship of companions and love each other equivalently.
Due to the overall leadership that king Gilgamesh offered, the city did well for itself. Enkidu and Gilgamesh were the main characters in the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the city of Uruk, King Gilgamesh was a merciless ruler, a strong man, and had long, beautiful hair. Under Gilgamesh’s rule, the people asked the gods to generate their tyrannical king’s competitor. To cease Gilgamesh from dominating people, Enkidu was developed.
Beowulf and his boastful nature ultimately lead him to be great in life and to later fall. Finally, the two epic heroes both share some of the same good and bad qualities, thus, making each one slight mirror images of one another. According to Webster's, an epic hero is “a larger than life figure from a history or legend, usually favored by or even partially descended from deities, but aligned more closely with mortal figures in popular portrayals”. The hero participates in a cyclical journey or quest, faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, gathers allies along his journey, and returns home significantly transformed by his journey. The epic hero illustrates traits, performs deeds, and exemplifies certain morals that are valued by the society from which the epic originates.
1. "What makes Oedipus a tragic hero? What makes his predicament fascinating rather than merely horrifying? From the very beginning of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the reader is able to identify Oedipus, the play’s protagonist, as a renowned hero. The prologue consists of a passage which boasts of his wise and powerful rule in the past and how the people greatly depend on him for future safety and good fortune (DiYanni 960-961).
Gilgamesh: The Epic Hero Unlike the heroes of Greek, Gilgamesh actual has existed. He is a mighty king who rules over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk around 2700 B.C. (Jager 1) The Epic of Gilgamesh tells a story of a rattled young king who travels to the end of the world in search of wisdom and immortality. While searching for wisdom, Gilgamesh realizes that he needs to accept human mortality and gain courage to lead a compassionate and fruitful life. (Jager 1) Gilgamesh is also a brave and adventurous character who exhibits unique characteristics.
Having reconciled himself to the fact that fate has indeed determined when he will die, h... ... middle of paper ... ...O, Gilgamesh…great is thy praise” (119). The narrator is saying that the admiration of others is and will be great. This clearly shows that the people of Uruk will keep Gilgamesh alive in their minds. Beowulf will at some level attain everlasting life through the memory of his people as well. In Beowulf and Gilgamesh, both heroes desire to gain everlasting life.
This legend portrays feelings as human as man and nature, as love and adventure, as friendship and war; masking the strongest feeling shared in human kind, the real and powerful fear of death. The tireless battle of the main character to change his fate is a lost battle, after learning the secret of immortality and seeing this prize in hands reach, is predestined to failure, and failure comes in hand on hand with resignation. Looking at the main aspects of the story, I find many similarities between modern man and the characters of this fantastic tale, I found in the friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu one of the core values of any modern society; we also share the mysticism surrounding death, we see the fear of this end and need to avoid it at any rate nowadays in the number of investigations and treatments dedicated to eradicate disease, to improve the quality of life and avoid death. When meeting each other, Gilgamesh and Ekindu, found themselves feeding back to one and other, as they are both becoming human. At first the king of Uruk, Gilgamesh, is shown as a tyrant po...
One could ask the gods for guidance or help and they were often helpful, but angering them is sheer madness—and a character’s revere... ... middle of paper ... ...s up a mirror to the king's own violent and impulsive misadventures, and the epilogue and prologue of the epic both suggest that he took it to heart. The story ends with the king admiring the divine plan for Mesopotamian civilization and praising the cult of Ishtar - a clear indication that he has finally accepted his proper responsibilities as king of Uruk and that he has made peace with its patron gods. Via the actions of the gods described in the flood story, the king leans that it is better to preserve life than to destroy it and that wisdom is more valuable than unlimited power or immortality. Gilgamesh 1/3 human kept him from being immortal which he strived for throughout the epic. He did not become immortal as not being able to die, but he did become immortal that his name lived on with the accomplishments that he brought back and did for his people of Uruk.