Essay on The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Lord Of The Rings

794 Words Sep 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout most epic tales in history such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, Campbell’s Archetypes play such an important position in explaining what role each character may be perceived as. Each Archetype such as: The Hero, Mentor, Herald, Threshold Guardian, Shapeshifter, Shadow, Trickster, and Allie symbolize main roles in The Epic of Gilgamesh and provide clear indication on how to perceive each character. Unlike most modern epics, The Epic of Gilgamesh provides more than one occasion of certain characters containing multiple roles as one of Campbell’s Archetypes. Certain characters such as Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s companion, is seen to have multiple traits and characteristics that leave a suspicion to whether Enkidu is considered one to many roles of Archetypes in the story. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Campbell’s Archetypes significantly attaches to each character and defines the role for characters throughout the epic.
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, a king named Gilgamesh is presented to the reader as the hero; giving the fact that he is half human, half God, and rules under the city of Uruk. According to The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh quotes, “There dwells in the forest the fierce monster Humbaba, You and I shall kill him and wipe out something evil from the land” (48). Gilgamesh proves the role of the hero as he accepts to sacrifice his life for the people of Uruk and obstacles other could not or would not be capable of. Gilgamesh’s main quest is to understand and…

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