Comparing The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Book of Job Essay
The Epic of Gilgameshis thought to have been orally recited in the late third millennium B.C.E in Sumer. Gilgameshis a semi historical, two- thirds god and one-third man, ruler of the city of Uruk in Sumer in the region of Mesopotamia approximately in 2800 B.C.E (19). The book of job takes place in Uz around the 530’s B.C.E (34).
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the book of job both have similar and different characters. They both …show more content…
The most prevalent theme in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the book of job is death and morality. Both job and Gilgamesh are troubled with the thought of what will happen to them after they die. In chapter three job says, “For soon I shall be lying in the dust, you will look for me and I shall be no more” (36; Job 3. 21). This shows that job believes that when he dies his existence will completely end. Chapter 14 is mainly job complaining and questioning what will happen when he dies. He compares a plants morality to humans. According to Job, a plant lives a beautiful life then dies and goes back into the earth to help create new life, but when humans die they vanish “But a human being? He dies, and dead he remains, breathes his last, and then where is he?” (From the “Epic” 21; 23-25). Gilgamesh was the type of king that frightened his people; he was courageous, and beautiful. When his best friend Enkidu died, he was torn apart at the idea that his friend was gone forever,