Batman And Gilgamesh Research Paper

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A myth can be described as an origin, or a story relating to the beginnings of something. These stories can be completely truthful or fabricated to try to give some type of answer to life’s everyday questions. In the past, ancient civilizations used tales of gods and other supernatural beings to try to explain why things happen the way they happen. Many motifs across these civilizations remain prevalent by their overarching theme of bravery, creation and mystical occurrences. Nearly every section of the world had some type of ‘hero’ shown throughout their myths. Still today, we know of these tales of heroes from thousands of years ago. Characters like Herakles, Beowulf and Gilgamesh appear throughout entertainment today in various forms. Just…show more content…
Some scholars can parallel him with himself, both as Bruce Wayne and Batman, or his alter ego can be seen as his faithful sidekick Robin. Much like in ancient Sumerian myth with the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh’s alter ego is seen as his sidekick, Enkidu. Having an alter ego for a hero creates an antithesis to show a different way of life the hero could have taken. This presents a parallel version to create a sense that the hero is meant to be doing what they’re doing. In Batman’s sense, it shows he should be fighting crime for good and not stay at home as a billionaire living a normal…show more content…
Batman’s is obviously shown by the boy wonder, Robin. Robin first appearance in the comics was in April of 1940, just 11 issues after Batman was introduced. Audiences quickly reacted to the duo in a very positive manner, showing the world’s need of some sort of hero to latch onto. When the two were first shown as a pair, a sense of morality among readers spread across the world. Just as in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the titular character and Enkidu took the world by storm along with the aid of various gods, such as Shamash and Anu. The aspect of a helper gives listeners and followers of the myth a sense of comradery and joining of forces with the hero. It validates what the hero stands by when people support the same thing. Especially in ancient times, it made the gods seem as though they cared about what went on in everyday life. It boosted morale and admiration for the gods that created
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