Essay on Gilgamesh And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

852 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Civilization transforms through the changes of the leaders, powerful, and the people that refuse to give up or settle. This paper will include an outlook on these different people, their transformations, and the outcome of their choices. It is also important to note that all of these stories have some sort of god intervention. The people that will be discussed are, Gilgamesh and Enkidu from The Epic of Gilgamesh, Medea and Jason from Euripides’ Medea, Rama and Sita from Ramayana, and Roland from the Song of Roland.
Gilgamesh is the powerful ruler of Uruk, ruling in 2700 B.C.E., leaving this story with some time to develop and change with the passing of history. The people of Uruk cry to the gods for a break from Gilgamesh’s rage and misuse of power and they believe that “the onslaught of his weapons has no equal,” (Gilgamesh 39). Enkidu is sent to be his equal. The first transformation that takes place in this story, happens to Enkidu, bringing him from having animalistic behavior to learning how to be a “civilized” man and enjoy all of the same things that other men enjoy. The second transformation occurs when Enkidu is chosen to die by the gods and Gilgamesh becomes crazy and relentless when it comes to finding a way to become immortal. This journey that Gilgamesh takes transforms him into a companionate leader, leaving him to be one of the most memorable and oldest rulers in history.
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