The Epic Of Gilgamesh : The Odyssey, Jesus And The New Testament, And Classic Myths

1035 Words Oct 28th, 2014 5 Pages
Story telling has been around for as long as man has, but there is a common pattern in stories that existed as far back as writing goes, and is still used to this day. Joseph Campbell created the structure of the monomyth, or the Hero’s Journey, to show that epics and myths all follow somewhat of a similar pattern. He designed this template to follow stories such as the Odyssey, Jesus and the New Testament, and classic myths. In fact, it turns out that this monomyth was a template for the oldest story known to man; The Epic of Gilgamesh. There are seventeen proposed steps, but this essay will cover only the points in the story that are most prominent in Campbell’s monomyth.

The first stage is the Call to adventure, where the hero begins in a normal, and familiar place, and is in someway presented with an idea to head into the unknown. Campbell describes it as a, “place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, super human deeds, and impossible delight,” and later states that, “The adventure may begin as a mere blunder...” There are many hints to an upcoming call, such as Gilgamesh’s dreams, and the arrival of Enkidu, but Gilgamesh has yet to be motivated to leave his domain. That is, until Enkidu tells Gilgamesh of Humbaba. When Gilgamesh hears of Humbaba, he absolutely adores the idea of traversing the Cedar Forest, and defeating this monster, despite Enkidu’s warnings. It is important to note that at this point of the story, Gilgamesh’s reason for…

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