Essay on Epic Of Gilgamesh And Sunjata

886 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Tilya Means
Dr. Devona Mallory
ENGL 2111.2
April 20, 2016
Epic of Gilgamesh and Sunjata Analysis

God has his mysteries which none can fathom. You, perhaps, will be a king. You can do nothing about it. You, on the other hand, will be unlucky, but you can do nothing about that either. Each man finds his way already marked out for him and he can change nothing of it. (Naine, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali 15)

“The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples” are both epics that follows the lives of two heroes as they embark upon a journey throughout their lives facing different trials and tribulations which leads them to becoming great leaders. In “The Epic of Gilgamesh” the protagonist, Gilgamesh, is depressed by death of his friend, he then realizes that he does not to suffer the same fate, which is why he decides to seek immortality “I have grown afraid of death, so I roam the steppe. Having come this far, I will go on swiftly towards Utanapishtism” (Norton 134). However, in “Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande Peoples” the protagonist’s, Sunjata, story had already been foreseen “You say you want to know about Manden. For us to give you many details about Manden, with which part of Manden will we start” (Norton 15). Gilgamesh and Sunjata have many similarities but they also couldn’t be more different. The comparisons and contrast of the two heroes includes: their personal journeys, their different character traits, and their attitudes to…

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