Comparing The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

995 Words Sep 26th, 2015 4 Pages
‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ is an enthralling tale that has incorporates violence, sex, companionship, and the uncertainty of death into an epic poem, which alludes to cultural normalities of Ancient Mesopotamia. The use and approval of sex and prostitutes rather than its condemnation in our society is one such cultural normality. Though the cultural differences between our society and the Ancient Mesopotamian society are quite obvious, there are similarities shown throughout the epic and the author 's style of writing that reflect similarities between the ancient society and modern day. Among those similarities, are the purposes authors have for creating literature. To answer the question of why the ancient author decided to write this epic, can be answered with the question; why has anything in the history of literature been written? The purpose of writing throughout time has always been to entertain and, to express ideas, thoughts and emotions. The Epic of Gilgamesh’s purpose should be no different. That purpose, that need we as a people have to write, could very much be considered a human characteristic. The ‘Epic of Gilgamesh” being the oldest written text, does not change the fact that people of the day were humans, people just like us, and we are very similar, if not identical, at our core. However, this author’s has a supplementary motivation for writing Gilgamesh, as there are several different themes portrayed; physical and internal journeys being the motivating…

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