Relationship Between Gilgamesh And Karna

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When Enkidu’s and Karna’s forthcoming death drew near, they felt and accepted it because they understood the implications of their lives. Karna understood his aspiration to be a strong warrior was the reason why he was cursed in the first place. If he had not sought to advance his archery skills, he would not have obtained the two curses that would eventually kill him. Additionally, his desire for greatness earned him kingship, which changed not only his social status, but also diminished his virtuous nature. While Karna retained his loyalty after he gained power, he became quite merciless. One such example of Karna’s change in temperament is shown after Yudhisthria gambled away Draupadi during the dice game. Once Karna and Duryodhana gained …show more content…
Such instances as Gilgamesh’s dreams before their battle with Humbaba and Gilgamesh’s behavior toward the goddess Ishtar, where Enkidu should have guided Gilgamesh toward a more righteous path, but he rather encouraged Gilgamesh to pursue any endeavor his heart desired or remained silent. According to the British Museum, the ancient Mesopotamian belief was that mortal beings were to act as the gods commanded and just accept that way of life. Additionally, displays of defiance towards the gods, such as those that Gilgamesh and Enkidu exhibited, were unforgivable. Therefore, following the events with Humbaba and Ishtar, the gods decided one of the heroes had to die for the atrocity they committed. Befitting the role of a tragic hero, it was decided in the end that Enkidu had to die. Shortly thereafter, Enkidu knew and accepted his fate as foreseen in his nightmares. According to Nicole Brisch, the ancient Mesopotamian gods showed prevalent favoritism towards both divine beings and kings. So, even though Gilgamesh had committed the acts, his divine blood and kingship granted him the gods’

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