His empathy for the loss of his best friend moves him to leave his kingdom and travel across the world to find eternal life. He is at a disappointing loss for recapturing his youth, but he is able to bring back the acumen he has gained on his journey back to his kingdom.This obtained wisdom enhances his heroic status. Gilgamesh is also very similar to another famous epic, The Iliad. The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Iliad share many similarities. Both epic heros have a companion whom they value deeply.
Then as a secondary measure he and his son hide the suitors weapons the night before the contest in order to help him kill the suitors after he won the contest. His pride shines through his character once he... ... middle of paper ... ...given a task, which he almost immediately failed. Upon his failure, he was removed from the premises, but Utnapishtum's wife gave him a consolation. He was to find a plant that granted youth, found it and it was stolen from Gilgamesh in the night by a serpent. With his dreams of immortality shattered, he finally accepts his mortality and tries to make his city of Uruk his lasting monument in the world, becoming a better ruler.
Gilgamesh What makes the story of Gilgamesh an epic? Gilgamesh, the hero of this epic, achieves many feats of skill, which makes him famous, but that is not the reason it is an epic. The epic of Gilgamesh fulfills the requirements of an epic by being consistently relevant to a human society and has specific themes of immortality, friendship, grief, ect. Looking at literature throughout history, one can come to the conclusion that these theme are constantly passed on from one generation to another of humans. It is human nature for people to want to excel in life and strive to make a name in this world for themselves.
But how could he not be? His dad was a king and his mom a goddess meaning he is two-thirds god. Gilgamesh is more a tyrant than a king however. Gilgamesh would take and rape women for his pleasure and kill or force work upon the young men of Uruk. The people began to pray to the gods for help to save them from Gilgamesh and his ways.
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.
The beginning of his birth starts the origin of the hero's journey. Because of his unusual birth, it meant that he's still human and will eventually face death. But, Gilgamesh knowing that he can die any moment won’t stop him from going on adventures and completing his quests. Along with Gilgamesh being two-thirds god, it meant that the gods were always on his side. Whether it was making decisions for Uruk or helping Gilgamesh throughout his journey the gods were always there for him.
To answer these questions, one can look to two seemingly similar heroes, Beowulf and Siegfried, who differ wildly in character and temperament. Siegfried desires to establish and preserve relationships while Beowulf is out for his own glory. Though Siegfried’s modification of the definition ultimately exposes him to betrayal, his inclination to create and sustain relationships aids in solidifying his immortality on earth post-death. At first glance, the two characters presented in Beowulf and The Nibelungenlied share similar qualities of a hero: both Beowulf and Siegfried kill dragons, become kings, and are believed to be unbelievably strong and invincible by their followers. Because they are equipped wi... ... middle of paper ... ...o longer his own hero, but he is a hero for a society.
Victor begins his quest to bring life to a dead person because he does not want anyone to feel the pain of a loved ones death. At first he is not obsessed with his project. As he moves along in the project he thinks about what will happen to him. "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source, many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me."
Despite the protagonist’s clear devastation following Doodle’s death and the many memorable and endearing moments the brothers share, Doodle’s death is confirmation that destruction and manipulation conquer in the end. Doodle’s death specifically was expected to occur early on; however, he beats his nearly impossible odds and survives with many physical restrictions. Initially, the protagonist doesn’t attempt to understand Doodle or accept his imperfections; to him, Doodle was a “disappointment,” and his death was not significant. However, as the brothers spent time together, the protagonist began to understand Doodle’s loving, bold personality. He grows to love Doodle and their relationship appeared passionate and rewarding, but his underlying motives to help his brother revealed many complications in their relationship.
Despite accepting his mortality, Achilles, like Gilgamesh, was blessed with unequaled strength and skill as t... ... middle of paper ... ...e also existed many differences. Most striking was their view on death; one dreamt of immortality while the other adored death and all its glory. At the same time, one must acknowledge the significant effect their friends had on their lives. One cannot help but wonder how each hero's life would have been without what could be considered his soul mate. Regardless, one must accept the fact that Achilles and Gilgamesh were heroes of their time and will remain epic heroes that are continually analyzed and compared throughout the modern era.