Essay on Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

2086 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 null Page
Ethical issues, which, according to, "a problem or situation that requires a person or organization to choose between alternatives that must be evaluated as right (ethical) or wrong (unethical)," are seen in many works of literature. For example, in Louisa May Alcott 's Little Women, the main character, Jo, struggles with not knowing whether or not she wants to marry her best friend because she wants to focus on her future. Another example is from Victor Hugo 's Les Miserables where the main character, Jean Valjean, works to rebuild his life after having a struggle of stealing for his family and attempting to do so again after being freed. These ethical issues are just examples of some that come up in both The Epic of Gilgamesh, written in ancient Mesopotamia, and The Odyssey written by Homer in ancient Greece. Though many of these situations being discussed are mainly going to be from these two epics, there were also be situations mentioned from Lysistrata by Aristophanes and The Aeneid by Virgil. The characters of Gilgamesh and Odysseus are heros who often want to do something knowing some of the dire consequences in doing so. Both epics relate to each other in that way, but of course, with different types of situations that could also relate to a few other ancient works. I will explore the ethical issues of choosing to be with certain people, dilemmas that can be life-changing for people, letting something beyond one 's control affect the way they…

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