The Tragic Similarities Of Odysseus Vs. Gilgamesh

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Odysseus and Gilgamesh are described in the two tales from different periods of time. Both characters are heroic representations of two ordinary men who are searching for the meaning of life. The two literary works portray them as men with certain special strengths even though they both make mistakes and experience the hardships of life. One is said to have metal strength while the other one has physical strength and this special trait helps them to find their own meaning of life through the trials and tribulations that they experience differently. This essay makes a comparison of these two tales using them as mirrors for each other. When comparing the two tales, it is very clear that both heroic characters are men with similarities and differences. One important trait that is common between the two characters is that they both possess superhuman strength which makes them dangerous and this remains useful for them when protecting their people. For instance, they encounter near…show more content…
He introduces himself to the Cyclops as ‘Nobody’’; he manages to trick and stab the Polyphemus in the eye because he wants to go and be with his wife and child. Throughout their journeys, the search for the meaning of life is portrayed by the trials and tribulations they both undergo. For instance, Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk and is portrayed as one-third man and two-thirds god. Based on this, the epic is a tale relating to the myths and tales that preexisted through many generations with the subject relating his deeds to the hymns sung to the gods. Gilgamesh however oppresses his people after short breaks in the text. In return, the gods create rivalry with Gilgamesh after hearing the people’s pleas. Thus, Enkidu is formed and this challenges Gilgamesh as the tale

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