Existentialism And The Book Gilgamesh Essay

760 Words Oct 8th, 2015 4 Pages
20 million dead and one man responsible. That one man would be known as Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party. One question arises when discussing the immoral things that this one man did to humanity and that is was Hitler born with the mindset that he had to kill off all those innocent people or was he 100 percent in control of choosing his destiny? This brings up a very controversial issue as many believe that man has the freedom to do what he pleases and to define himself by his own choices, while others believe that man is born with a set purpose in life and cannot stray away from that. This question is especially important in the essay from Jean-Paul Sartre’s essay “Existentialism” and the book Gilgamesh. The main characters in Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh and Enkidu could be said to have abided by Sartre’s view that “Existence precedes essence” as they were not born with a set purpose and had the freedom to define themselves by their choices in life. One of the more controversial issues brought up in this world would be that of existentialism. Jean Paul Sartre had a lot to say about this issue in his essay “Existentialism”, where he argued that man is brought into this world with nothing and he is only defined by the choices he makes. He believed that man was not only responsible for his actions, but in fact the actions of all men. His views on existentialism also relate to Stephen Mitchell’s translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh, especially when discussing the two…

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