The Epic Of Gilgamesh, And The Allegory Of The Cave Essay

1035 Words Oct 14th, 2014 5 Pages
It is said that one must possess intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the ability to see beyond to acquire the whole of human knowledge and understand the essence of humanity. In The Giver, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Allegory of the Cave these attributes are explored through the stories. While both The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Allegory of the Cave demonstrate some of the above qualities, only The Giver demonstrated that all of those qualities are needed to understand humanity. According to tablet one in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh posses the attributes of intelligence and wisdom. It is stated forwardly that Gilgamesh was a man of wisdom, “[Gilgamesh, who] knew… was wise in all matters!” and that he had spent time learning everything he could, “[learnt] of everything the sum of wisdom” (George 3). From the very beginning of the text the reader is informed of the two principle attributes that Gilgamesh must have. Gilgamesh’s understanding of his mortality and the wisdom that he gains from that knowledge is what allows him to become a great leader and understand humanity. In tablet eleven Gilgamesh mourns the loss of his rejuvenation plant. He cries out, “[c]ounsel me, O ferryman Urshanabi! For whom have my arms labored, Urshanabi! For whom has my heart 's blood roiled! I have not secured any good deed for myself,” (Kovacs). In this moment, Gilgamesh realizes that he has to return to his home with nothing to show for. He is not immortal nor will he regain…

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