Theme Of Sleep In The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

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In the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey sleep has been used as an element that makes the heroes stray away from their goals. The role of sleep happens to be different for Gilgamesh and Odysseus. In The Epic of Gilgamesh sleep is directly related to death, however, in the Odyssey sleep is represented as a loss of control and obliviousness. Most people would think sleep is a time where you replenish your energy and retain information getting you prepare for the journey head, but in these texts sleep happens to be what deprive them of the things they want the most. But with these heroes sleep happens to deprive of the things they want the most. In both tales which represents loss of opportunity, obliviousness, and vulnerability. For Gilgamesh …show more content…
In book ten of the Odyssey the Ithakans land on Aeolian, home of Aeolus, Hippotas ' son who is also the god of wind. He gives Odysseus a bag of west wind that would blow them on their way to Ithaca. "Nine whole days we sailed, nine nights, nonstop. On the tenth our own land hove into sight at last--- we were so close we could see men tendering fires. But now an enticing sleep came on me, bone weary from the working of the vessels sheet myself, no let up, never trusting the ropes to any other mate, the faster to journey back to native land. But the crew began to mutter among themselves, sure I was hauling troves of gold and silver home, the gifts of open-hearted Aeolus, Hippotas ' son 'old story! ' one man glances at another, grumbling. 'Look at our captains luck--- so loved by the world, surprised at every landfall, every port of call. ' 'Heaps of lovely plunder he hauls from Troy, while we who went through slogging just its hard, we go home empty-handed. ' 'Now this Aeolus loads him down treasure. Favoritism, friend to friend! ' 'Hurry, let 's see what loot is in that sack how much gold and silver. Break it open--- now! ' a fatal plan, but it was one shipmates over. They loosed the sack and all the winds burst out and a sudden squall struck swept us back to sea, wailing, in tears, far from our native land. And I woke with a start..." In this section of text you can …show more content…
Odysseus falls asleep once again on the shores Thrinakia which happens to be an area that contains The sun god Helios 's cattle. When they land on this island they end up stranded on the island for an entire month. And once again Odysseus is asleep while his crew mates are all awake . Odysseus warned them to not feast upon Helios 's heard of cattle. Nevertheless, while he 's asleep and oblivious to what 's going on around his crew mates conspire among themselves once again. This time Eurylochus leads this one. " 'Listen to me, my comrades, brothers in hardship. All ways of dying are hateful to us poor motals, true, but to die of hunger, starve to death that 's the worst of all. So up with you now, let 's drive the pick of Helios ' sleek herds, slaughter them to the gods who rule the skies up there. [...]. ' So he urged, and shipmates cheered again at once, they drove off the Sungod 's finest cattle close at hand once they prayed, slaughter then skinned the cattle, they cut the thigh bones out, they wrap them around and fat, a double fold sliced clean and talk with strips of flesh [...] that moment smoothing soothing slumber fell from my eyes and down I went to our ships at the water 's edge but on my way, near the long beak craft, the Smoky savor of a roast came floating up around me... I groaned in anguish, crying out to the deathless Gods [...]" And once again Odysseus is unaware of all of this until after he 's woken up . His shipmates take

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