Essay on The Epic Of Gilgamesh By William Shakespeare

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Throughout most literary works a significant transition in the main character, or hero can be seen as the story is developed. An example of this is in the Epic of Gilgamesh, in the narrative poem, one of the main characters, Gilgamesh acts in many different ways; overbearing ruler who is unloved by his people, a strong fighter, and a man who finds contentment with his accomplishments. Through all of his many transitions, we see Gilgamesh 's attitude change drastically as well as the goals he has for himself. Gilgamesh transitions from a shallow unkind ruler into a caring and introspective man. The Epic of Gilgamesh starts with the men of Uruk describing Gilgamesh as tyrannical leader. " 'No son is left with his father, for Gilgamesh takes them all, even the children…his lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughter nor the wife of the noble” (Mack). Gilgamesh selfishly indulges his appetites, raping whatever woman he desires, whether she is the wife of a warrior or the daughter of a noble—or a bride on her wedding night. The first impact that Gilgamesh’s character has on the reader is that he is oppressive, arrogant, and harsh. The people of Uruk cry out to the gods about their oppression, and the gods respond by creating Enkidu. Enkidu is a mix of human and wild animal, while Gilgamesh is a blend of god and man, being more god than man; Enkidu is more man than beast at first, he even lives in the wild at the start of the story, “Enkidu ate the grass…

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