Comparing the Bhagavad-Gita and the Epic of Gilgamesh Essay

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Merriam- Webster online dictionary defines an epic hero as, “ A grand and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or effected by grand events.” The same dictionary also defines an epic poem as, “a story told about a hero or exciting events.” The Epic of Gilgamesh is often considered the oldest story on earth; which would make Gilgamesh, the story’s controversial main character, and the world’s oldest epic hero. This epic set a precedent for all epics to follow; it displayed most of the traits that society commonly perceives an epic hero and epic poem should have. The Epic of Gilgamesh exhibits tendencies of an epic poem through its inclusion of an epic hero, multiple gods and goddesses, and it’s vast array of …show more content…
This King of Uruk is two-thirds god, and one-third human. The unknown writer of The Epic of Gilgamesh also proclaims additional phrases and adjectives such as, “ bold “, “ superb “,” the people shepherd “, “ perfection in height “, and “ ideally handsome”(pg. 39). These traits further support Gilgamesh being an epic hero by solidifying his near perfection. A strong emphasis should be placed on the word “ near “ in the last sentence; every epic hero has a tragic flaw. Gilgamesh’s was his quest for immortality, which I will proceed to dissect latter portions of the paper. Furthermore, the inclusion of many gods and goddesses is also a giveaway of The Epic of Gilgamesh being an epic poem. If every story must have an epic hero, The Bhagavad-Gita would be automatically eliminated from contention. Ajuana does not display enough classic traits of an epic hero to support him being one. Ajuana at best is a dynamic character that has warrior ability superior to others. Over the course of the story, an abundance of different gods are mentioned or play major roles. Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s beastly companion, was created by Aruru, the goddess of birth. According to the footnotes, “ Shamash was the god of the sun, and the oracle…” (pg. 43). Other gods and goddesses include but are not limited to: Enlil, the supreme god on earth, Uptanpishtu, immortal survivor of the great flood, and Ishtar, the goddess of

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