He gave him a test to grant his wish but failed. He then travels back home to Uruk and realizes that even though he didn’t get what he wanted the city he built will remain forever. However, during the whole journey, Gilgamesh shows his weaknesses such as feeling pain and fear which is more human-like. Also, shows strength because the journey was filled with difficult task but manage to conquer them making Gilgamesh a true epic hero. Gilgamesh returns home empty handed but the people of Uruk admire their king’s accomplishments and the ethical code of the community was created.
'"(p.18, Line 23-27) The citizens respect him, but they resent his sexual and physical aggression, so they plead to the gods to alleviate some of their burden. The gods resolve to create an equal for Gilgamesh to tame him and keep him in line. This equal, Enkidu, has an immediate impact on Gilgamesh. When they first meet, both having never before met a man equal in stature, they brawl. "They grappled with each other, Snorting like bulls; They shattered the doorpost, that the wall shook.
Both were similar in many ways which was why they evenly matched and went on to become friends. Enkidu put a stop to Gilgamesh misusing his powers and Gilgamesh pulled Enkidu out of his selfishness of just thinking of only himself. With Gilgamesh linking himself with Enkidu it finally made him realize or identify what the interests were of the people of his kingdom as wasn’t able to before. In the first half of Gilgamesh the love that both friends shared basically made Gilgamesh overall a better person and when Enkidu dies in the second half Gilgamesh’s sorrow and fear drive him onto a unsuccessful quest for immortality. He wanted that because he didn’t want to die like his friend Enkidu did, but instead he wanted to live forever.
His determination comes at us through many different wavelengths. He is at first solely determined to survive against playground bullies. It evolves into winning the battle games and soon after takes a curve and becomes determination to never play the game again. His most admirable trait though, is without fail the love he rarely but deeply shows for Valentine, his sister and partly companion through and through. He often says in the text that he is not a killer and has never meant to hurt anyone, simply to win the fight and never fight it again.
Telemachus hopes that Odysseus is not dead that way he can get rid of his mother’s suitors, who have been destroying the kingdom. He also wants to know what happened to Odysseus so that he and his mother can have closure because Odysseus has been missing for ten years. Telemachus is thinking about his mother when he undertakes his journey because he cannot stand the way the suitors treat her. Gilgamesh’s and Telemachus’ reasons for undertaking their journeys also reflect their personality. Gilgamesh always got what he wanted to matter what because his citizens were afraid of him.
Beowulf has a great respect for his own skills, and before he goes to fight his first significant evil he does not ware armor because he feels it would be unfair advantage. “Grendel is no braver, no stronger/Than I am! I could kill him with my sword but I shall not,” 666-668. After protecting Herrot from the fierce monster Grendel without any armor he has earned the right to have confidence. The people reward him with gracious gifts not because he asked them it was because they love and respect his acts of bravery and courage.
When Odysseus is on his long journey the submission to temptation or recklessness neither angers the gods nor distracts Odysseus and the members of his crew from their journey home. The crew always remains loyal to their leader. Throughout the story, trickery, disguises, and deceptions are used to reunite the family and we see many examples of this. A prelude of this trickery is described in the beginning of the story in book 1, when Homer says, “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy”. There are many occurrences of Odysseus loyalty.
In order to defeat and withdraw his consequential actions, Gilgamesh slowly finds the courage to accomplish his long awaited goal to realize that wisdom has been underlied all along if it were not for Enkidu to benefit from the friendship they have formed, as well as the enrichment of transforming Gilgamesh into a better person before they even met. In the beginning of the story, Gilgamesh is portrayed to be this awful ruler where everyone around him is affected by his actions and undesired personality. Although Gilgamesh was powerful and mighty to his country, his arrogance and “his lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughter nor the wife of the noble.” Gilgamesh is also portrayed to be selfish in his ways of treating people with negative intentions and unnecessary battles, or he ends up engaging in the excessive usage of controlling authority towards other people. An instance where Gilgamesh’s ignorant actions shine through is when he interacts and meets with a prostitute, and ends up pursuing inappropriate things with her. When Enkidu finds ou... ... middle of paper ... ...l of his wrongful actions and soon realizes that when he dies, he will eventually be tortured and punished with consequences for his cruelty.
The society is also cooperative as the trapper’s son cooperates with the prostitute so that they can trick Enkidu and make him human. The trapper’s son also relates well with his father as he goes to him to seek for advice. Conclusively, the epic poem has shown the relationship between gods and human through the history that has been narrated. The humans have always had a fearful attitude towards their gods. King Gilgamesh, who has been the main character in the poem, has been used to describe the effects on mankind in the Gilgamesh tyrannical leadership in the ancient society and how they affected the society.
Afterwards, he let the city deteriorate. He raped women that he was attracted to. He slept with virgin brides even before their husbands were allowed to, which was very unfair. Everyone grumbled because of his brutality. A king’s rightful responsibility was to protect the people of his city and to not abuse his powers.