Gilgamesh And Odysseus Analysis

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The smells from the campfire dance through the young tribe members nostrils as they gather around one another eager to hear another tale. African slaves come to sing Negro spiritual songs passed down from generation to generation. Asian woman combine forces to discuss what women were once allowed to do. The pride, the tears, the stories and experiences of what used to be, that is culture. And every beating heart, every eager soul, every smile and every frown are common characteristics that we fortunately all share with people of all cultures around the world. No matter from what walk of life you’re in, where you came from, or what experiences you have made for yourself, we are all connected. We are connected by our memories, our stories, our …show more content…
Questions that may never be answered but may never stop being asked. When we read historical literature we get to see that people, even characters in books, think the same ways we do. Some to more of an extreme level. Gilgamesh and Odysseus although differ, do have some astounding similarities not only with each other but with our generation as well. These two heros, both being apart of epics, go on a quest to find the meaning of life with the help from many different gods/goddesses. The debate is whether or not these characters accomplished their goals. If they did it would be from more of an indirect approach, not necessarily what they were looking for. Unlike the other heros, Enkidu, Gilgamesh 's brother, best friend, and true love finds his meaning to be a short, phenomenal life. As ironic as it being, he accepts death as it is and understands that he was created to impact people 's lives more so than his own. Gilgamesh didn 't necessarily find immortality or the meaning of life, but his story will live eternally, which in someway means that he did find immortality. However at the end of the book, he becomes full from his once half empty self and accepts the fact that he is human and not immortal. He finds more closer than meaning. Odysseus has to lose himself, along with his pride, in order to find himself. Through this, he finds a different meaning of life and realizes that sometimes in order to …show more content…
People like Joseph Campbell, a sociologist who has studied and created extremely crucial concepts in writing. He is best known for his book The Hero 's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell. In this he created a phenomenon, found in many past books, that will have english teachers from around the world swooning. When you ask a child what he thinks of a hero, they would most likely comment on his strength, or agility. Hero 's Journey shows you that heros are more than the physical.This six step concept of the journey includes, the call to adventure, supernatural aid, crossing the first three stole, trials, prizes and the return home. Just because this is a fairly new concept does not mean that this is the first we’ve seen of it. Infact, many stories in the past including Gilgamesh have used this concept without even knowing it and hopefully many more will as

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