Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

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Rivers have been prominent since civilization began. Most civilizations are built near a river because water is essential. However, a river is also a symbol of constant flow and adherence to a righteous path. This universal symbol assimilates itself with the stories of Gilgamesh from the Epic of Gilgamesh, Job from the Holy Bible, and Arjuna from the Bhagavad Gita, because all three characters use their devotion and faith in god to follow the right path. A prominent theme throughout the three books is that consistent faith and devotion will always result in a positive ending.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: “O Ur-shanabi, climb Uruk’s wall and walk back and forth! Survey its foundations, examine the brickwork! Were its bricks not fired in an oven? Did the Seven Sages not lay its foundations? ‘A square mile is city, a square mile date-grove, a square mile is city-pit, half a square mile the temple of Ishtar: three square miles and a half is Uruk’s expense’”(Gilgamesh 99).
After losing Enkidu, his companion, Gilgamesh was on search for immortal life. Gilgamesh believed that Enkidu was overhauled by fate and feared that fate would defeat him eventually as well. Gilgamesh first comes across Siduri who helps him continue his journey to find Utnapishtim. She tells him he must reach Urshanabi, Utnapishtim’s boatman, because he is the only one that can navigate through the Waters of Death. Once Gilgamesh discovers Urshanabi, he has to build a boat since he (Gilgamesh) destroyed the Stone…

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