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…