Essay on Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

1443 Words Oct 7th, 2014 6 Pages
Greek and Mesopotamia visualized masculinity through male’s domination over the inferior group and their involvement in sexual relationships not only with women, but also with other men (Wiesner, p. 18). In Heracles by Apollodorus, Heracles uses his strength and exceeding skills to prove his superiority. Likewise, in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh uses his position of power as a king and his exceeding physical strength to dominate through fear the citizens of Uruk. Both Gilgamesh and Heracles use their superiority to dominate over the subordinate groups.
Heracles is someone with exceeding skills, strength and power. In ancient Greek and Mesopotamia, masculinity was determined through a male’s strength and his ability to dominate others, thus classifying Heracles as a vivid masculine character. He proved his superiority through his triumph in archery against King, Eurytus and his sons, experts in the field of archery. “So he came to Oechalia…he proved himself better than them at archery” (Heracles, 2.6.1). This sentence illustrates that Heracles was fearless and brave. As a result, these masculine forces provoked him to confront and defeat king Eurytus and his sons.
Furthermore, Heracles not only proved his superior skills, but he also proved his exceeding strength. At his early age, he was able to kill lions a sign of physical strength that attracted some people such as King Thespius. “While he was with the herds and had reached his eighteenth year he slew the lion…

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