The Epic Of Gilgamesh By William Shakespeare Essay

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is a riveting tale of friendship, strife, and heroism. It follows Gilgamesh, along with his comrade Enkidu, on his journey to becoming immortal. While there are many things about this tale that would classify it as an epic, there are also quite a few elements in the storytelling that are more than often used in the dramatic genre of tragedy.
There are many qualities to Gilgamesh that immediately establishes him as an arrogant and egomaniacal king in the mind of the reader. He is describes as being a fierce warrior, brave and strong. He is ambitious, selfish and prideful. He forces himself upon women and treats lower-class people as “beneath” him. Nothing about these attributed really establish him as any so-called hero.
What these characteristics show us is that Gilgamesh is a man of many flaws. Flawed protagonists are usually the basis of tragedy, in which a character’s fatal flaw leads to their downfall. His characterization alone is very strikingly similar to that of a tragic hero in comparison to other epic heroes who believe in nobility and justice from the start of their narratives. A character learning from their flaws and changing is a technique very unique to the genre of tragedy.
What changes Gilgamesh, however, is the arrival of Enkidu. Gilgamesh 's mother, Ninsun, has a dream foretelling that Gilgamesh will get a friend, and that friend was Enkidu. Gilgamesh’s bond with Enkidu calms him down and gives him focus. Despite the battle that…

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