Analysis Of The Poem ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

2172 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
Willie Ramsey
World Literature: Essay 1
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 An Account Of The Death Of Two Epic Heroes.
American Literature is the most intriguing form of literature written in the United States. It’s constant use of themes, life lessons, and detailed drama is what makes American Literature. Pieces of work such as “Gilgamesh” and “The Iliad” are two very popular works of American Literature that both embody the true characteristics of American Literature. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Mesopotamia. It dates back as far as the Third Dynasty of Ur, and is often described as the earliest well-conditioned work of literature. The Iliad is an old Greek epic poem that is set during the Trojan War. In both storylines, an important figure is forced to accept their fate from a promising death.
Enkidu is one of the main characters in Gilgamesh and was a close friend of Gilgamesh. He was very hairy and built lanky. He was raised by animals, and exhibited his animal-like traits. Enkidu was said to look almost exactly like Gilgamesh from his appearance to his physique. In this epic, Enkidu aims to be a rival of Gilgamesh, but in turn becomes his lover. In the story, he exhibits great strength and bearing, which initially creates a tension between Enkidu and Gilgamesh, but in turn they become deeply beloved friends. Enkidu was created because the people of Uruk complained about Gilgamesh being too harsh of a king. They believed that he wasn’t fit to be a ruler of…

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