Essay on Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

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In The Epic of Gilgamesh it was very evident that the main character struggles with a realization of the inevitability of death and his forced to reflect on his own life. This character goes through a time of self realization that takes place causes him to consider his legacy. This does not take place without a struggle that is faced by many people in similar circumstances. There is a certain amount of pride that comes with accomplishments, and Gilgamesh is definitely proud of his accomplishments. Not only does he have many achievements, he was given a position by the gods. The responsibilities that come along with these accolades are something that everyone has problems handling even today. Gilgamesh experiences the old adage of pride comes before the fall in his life by not being a humble person. He is given much and expects that he will be immortal. What he does not realize because of his pride is his own human weakness. He does not consider that his treatment of those that he rules over in Uruk will damage his legacy. People fear they will be forgotten more than death itself at the end. Gilgamesh’s pride kept him from realizing his own mortality, but once he sees his mortality he considers his lack of legacy. The pride that Gilgamesh has because of his position and achievements is what makes him feel immortal. He feels he has certain dominance over the people he is ruling over. The sense of anger towards Gilgamesh that a reader feels really puts in to…

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