The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Achilles Essay

1223 Words Feb 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Both are the combination of man and god. Both have gods interfere in their lives. Both have friends that die during the course of their lives. As characters in a story, Gilgamesh in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Achilles in The Iliad share striking plot similarities. They are not the same story however. The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Mesopotamian epic where the main character, King Gilgamesh, is an oppressive and unjust ruler until he meets Enkidu whom he then goes on an adventure with. Gilgamesh attracts the notice of Ishtar, the goddess of love and warfare, whom he rejects harshly causing her to seek vengeance in the form of sending the Bull of Heaven whom the duo slay. Enkidu’s dies as a result of a disease given to him by the gods which causes Gilgamesh to spiral into a depression about his own mortality so he goes off on a quest for immortality. He ultimately fails and returns to Uruk a supposedly better ruler. Gilgamesh is a dynamic character who changes from selfish and prideful to just through his relationship with Enkidu. In The Iliad, a Greek epic, the famed fighter Achilles is fighting for the Greeks in a war with Troy over the capture of Helen by Paris. Achilles’ war prize, Briseis, is stolen from him by his commander, Agamemnon, because Agamemnon was forced to return his war prize, Chryseis, to her father who is one of Apollo’s priests, due to a plague and barrage of arrows from the angry god. Achilles vows not to fight so his friend, Patroclus, does in his…

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