Essay on The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

1746 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh are windows through which we are offered a glimpse of the ancient Greek and Sumerian views on life, its meaning, and how to live your own. Within each of these epic poems lie many lessons that transcend the ages, and most are still relevant to how we live out our lives today. One might expect the two to take completely different approaches to how they teach their lessons since they were written almost 2000 years apart. On the contrary, they display a surprising number of similarities in the way they administer these teachings to the reader. In the following paragraphs, I will argue that they are more similar than different by providing numerous examples of just how close some of the lesson structures resemble their counterparts in the other poem.
In an attempt at such an argumentative analysis, let’s start with the similarities of the rising actions in each work and what it might symbolize. Here they have the exact same fundamental concept at their core. Both The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh are about a great hero setting out onto an epic journey. Great men doing great, or sometimes even reckless, things. This idea of venturing off to become enlightened or reaching some glorious destination shows how the authors might have believed that a person needs to get away from familiarity to become a man, wise in the ways of the world. This concept is akin to going on a spiritual journey in order find oneself, which plenty of people still do…

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