Gilgamesh a Hero Essay

1748 Words Jan 23rd, 2008 7 Pages
The story of Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk who is two thirds god and one third human, is a interesting and intriguing piece of literature. The story tells of Gilgameshs' strength, bravery, intelligence, looks, and loyalty making him a true model hero. It says that Gilgamesh was (pg.13), "given a perfect body and endowed with beauty and courage and his beauty surpassed all others." Throughout the story he is constantly going into battle and going on long adventures to find answers that will better his city. He is also respectful to those he meets along his journeys and asks God for strength during his battles. Gilgamesh is a religious character that posseses super human strength, bravery, selflessness, and intelligence making him a model …show more content…
32), "No man born of woman has done what you have done, no mortal man has gone into the mountain." The scorpion guard was so impressed by Gilgamesh's strength and abilities required to climb up the cliff that he allowed him to pass through the gate and told him good luck; (pg. 32) "Go, Gilgamesh, I permit you to pass through the mountain of Mashu and through the high ranges; may your feet carry you safely home. The Gate of the mountain is open." Yet, another example of his superior strength came when he rows the boat across the ocean. Because of his tremendous strength Gilgamesh is the one to row the boat. Even though he is the king, Gilgamesh is the one to row because he is capable of doing it much faster than the boatman. Gilgamesh is rowing so fast and hard that he begins to wear out the oars of the boat. All of these examples of his strength, leadership, and battle skills make him more than qualified to be classified as a model hero.
Besides Gilgamesh being a model man of battle and physical strength, he also possessed a great deal of wisdom which makes him an intelligent leader as well as a powerful one. If it wasn't for his wisdom he would not have been as successful throughout his journeys and battles and thus would not have been as great of a leader as he was. Gilgamesh knew that if he was to go fight the beast Humbaba, one whom all were afraid of and respected by keeping their distance, and be successful in killing him that it would prove to…

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