Essay Analysis Of Genesis And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

1965 Words Nov 24th, 2015 8 Pages
In the literary works, the book of Genesis and The Epic Of Gilgamesh it puts a focus on the use of character development. Through establishing a fundamental understanding of a characters journey for self worth. Two characters that compare and contrast these ideologies is Noah from the book of Genesis and Gilgamesh from its own epic story. Readers look at these two characters from their perspective roles as saviors for the greater good of people. However, readers may question if their fight for mere existence is just to please themselves or for the greater good of society? Noah’s ambitions are in favor of a higher power which is God that directs him to achieve solidarity for future generations, while everyone else in the present be casted away by a torturous flood. Similarly, Gilgamesh has his own goals of seeking immortality by being influenced by his former comrade and close friend Enkidu. By looking through the lens of each character, readers can notice the difference between Noah’s knowledge of being told his role as a savior while; Gilgamesh’s portrays his ignorance in discovering his true destiny. Throughout the text Gilgamesh is regarded as someone of high power and looked eminently by his peers. “Supreme over other kings, lordly in appearance, he is the hero, born of Uruk, the glory wild bull. He walks out in front, the leader, and walks at the rear, trusted by his companions” (60, lines 27-30). This sparks readers as a figure of importance and an embodiment of the…

Related Documents