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  • The Characteristics Of Agamemnon And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

    with Achilles, Agamemnon, as a stubborn person he is, still manages to ignite the fight. Gilgamesh, on the other hand, ignores the warning of his counselors about the danger of Humbaba. Even though Agamemnon and Gilgamesh share some traits, there are certain characteristic that separate the hero Gilgamesh from the king, Agamemnon. Firstly, Agamemnon doesn’t has the godlike strength of Gilgamesh. Therefore, while Gilgamesh usually fight alongside his comrades, Agamemnon does the job of rallying. Moreover, after the fight with Enkidu, Gilgamesh makes Enkidu his brother and stops forcing sex on women. Agamemnon, on the other hand, would steal Achilles’s prize, beauty Briseis, away from him, and the action was carried out by his comrade, not himself. Lastly, Gilgamesh develops as a king after the arrivals Enkidu. After acquiring “The Old Men Are Young Again”, Gilgamesh states “I will give it to the old men to eat”, and “at last I shall eat it myself.” (pg. 22) Gilgamesh has now put the well-being of his citizen before his own. Achilles and Gilgamesh both possesses godlike strength as their father are both immortals. They are both the mightiest man in the nation. However, Achilles’s pride and anger takes over him. Gilgamesh would not put his comrade in danger. When Gilgamesh convinces Enkidu to fight Humbaba, he says: “I will go first although I am your lord.” (pg. 7) When Achilles’s pride is damaged, however, he wished unfortunate toward his comrade. Achilles, through the help…

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  • Enkidu In Gilgamesh

    the gods to pacify the untamed Gilgamesh wreaking havoc on Uruk. One can argue that Enkidu’s eventual death only further emphasizes his place in the Epic as a tool for the transformation of Gilgamesh rather than a separate fully formed character. Gilgamesh pulls Enkidu out of his place in nature, from his home where he is pure, and yet Enkidu is the one who brings humanity to Gilgamesh. However, in the process of civilizing Gilgamesh Enkidu is stripped of his humanity. Enkidu turns from a…

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  • What Is The Meaning Of Life In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

    They think that with making a difference or a change, they can gain meaning of life. For example, Gilgamesh and Enkidu set out to slay Humbaba for glory, and to make a name for themselves. Gilgamesh, wants a hero status, so his goal was to fight and kill Humbaba, to prove to the people that they should not be afraid of Humbaba and that the gods are able to disobey by mortals. “Establish for ever (a fame) that endures how Gilgamesh slew (furiously) humbaba.”- tablet 5. Here, Enkidu encouraged…

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  • Theme Of Man Vs Nature In Gilgamesh

    realization that Gilgamesh is ⅔ god, they let him pass. Soon, Gilgamesh meets Uta-napishti, and is challenged to stay awake for six days and seven nights. Gilgamesh tries and fails. He cannot beat the natural power of sleep. Gilgamesh is eventually told about a plant that will restore his youth. Gilgamesh retrieves this plant and bathes in a pool of water, but because “of the plant’s fragrance, a snake caught scent, came up in silence, and bore the plant off.” (XI 305- 306) In this conflict of…

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  • The Tragic Hero: The Epic Of Gilgamesh

    being the strongest man on earth. He constructs extraordinary walls that surround the magnificent city of Uruk. He also builds a remarkable rampart and temples for the gods and goddesses. In the eyes of the people he is an exceptional king because he did all these things for the good of the people, but reality he did it to benefit himself. He wanted to demonstrate to the world that he is a hero, but to do so, he must accomplish numerous of heroic deeds. When the gods created Gilgamesh they gave…

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  • Enkidu's Journey: An Analysis

    affect him in some sort of way, one being the most effective on his power of him killing Humbaba. In this instance of Gilgamesh killing Humbaba, it left Gilgamesh with a sense of more power for himself, not leaving him in a situation of the grieving process for Humbaba that would affect him negatively. Even though Gilgamesh did not have a grieving process for Humbaba, he was still faced with death, leaving him in a situation that made him ponder death. Gilgamesh was told to kill Humbaba as it…

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  • Compare And Contrast Enkidu And Gilgamesh

    So when Gilgamesh decided that Humbaba would be his next victim, I found Enkidu’s response to be on par with his character traits. He first described the battle as “a journey which must not be made,” (II 275), warning Gilgamesh “his speech is fire, and his breath is death!/ Why do you desire to do this thing?/ An unwinnable battle is *Humbaba’s ambush!” (II Y111-115). Just as Enkidu predicted, not only was Humbaba a fierce competitor, but also a powerful and respected God of nature, and Enkidu’s…

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  • Theme Of Love In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

    hated. He possess strength and power like no other. Thereby, from the day of his birth he is proclaimed king and must formidable. His arrogance led him to abuse his power becoming a tyrant in the eyes of his people, but among the chaos of his domain the sudden creation of his equal and the love that spurred between then alter the once hated king. Love become the force that motivates, inspires and creates a change in Gilgamesh. Love is the motivating force that encourage Gilgamesh to fight…

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  • Analysis Of Gilgamesh's Call To Adventure By Joseph Campbell

    hearing this, Gilgamesh decides that they will both go to the forest and destroy the giant named Humbaba. The temporary refusal that is shown in this novel, is what happens next. Enkidu warns Gilgamesh of the fight he is about to enter, he exclaims that “…weakness overpowers whoever goes…

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  • Relationship Between Death And Immortalization In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh, explores the relationship between death and immortalization through the series of stories that Gilgamesh, King of Mesopotamia experiences. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh meets Enkidu, a powerful half man half beast hybrid whom is his equal in strength. Gilgamesh and Enkidu become close friends and one day, Gilgamesh mentions a demon monster named Humbaba whom “dwells in the forest” and suggests to Enkidu “you and I shall kill him and wipe out something evil from the…

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