The heroes in the two epic poems The Epic of Gilgamesh and Beowulf are very similar in terms of their values. Beowulf in the poem Beowulf and Gilgamesh in the poem The Epic of Gilgamesh are the two main characters. The two men possess great physical strength unmatched by any man from the ancient or middle period. In the two epic poems the men fight and are a part of wars that almost seem unreal, due to the outcome or what was done during the course of the war. The two epic poems show many similarities in the presentation of their values.
In the story Utanapishtim is tasked by the creator god Enki to build a giant ship, called The Preserver of Life, for an upcoming flood that will wipe out all animals and humans. He brings onboard his wife, family, relatives, craftsmen of his village, animals, and grain. Just like with Noah, he sends out a dove and a raven to see if the waters have receded. The ship eventually comes to rest on Mount Nisir and once on dry land he releases the animals and makes a sacrifice to the gods. It is largely accepted that Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure that later became embellished in myth.
Gilgamesh is the quintessential epic protagonist, or hero. The hero is traditionally of noble birth, is very strong and intelligent, and is prone to give long, eloquent speeches in the text. Gilgamesh is “two-thirds… divine, one-third of him was human! / The Lady of Birth drew his body’s image, / The God of Wisdom brought his stature to perfection” (Tablet I, lines 50-3). Therefore, having been born of Ninsun “the sublime wild cow,” he is innately placed in the cradle of nobility and bestowed rightful reign over Uruk.
While Enkidu learns that it was not impossible to kill Humbaba like he previously assumed. These men are both brave and courageous on the entire journey to kill Humbaba. Their relationship seems to change when Gilgamesh completes the kill of Humbaba. They seem closer, and they celebrate the victory. “They lashed together a raft / Enkidu embarked / And Gilgamesh [.
People Change People The Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale read throughout time about the ancient King of Uruk, Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is a selfish king who is stronger than any man because he is two parts God and one part human. With his strength, Gilgamesh abuses his power causing the people of Uruk to lament. Hearing these laments, the Gods created Enkidu for Gilgamesh, to be his equal in all aspects. Throughout Gilgamesh’s interactions with Enkidu, Enkidu changes Gilgamesh to become a better person and to be a better king.
The city was known for gold amid amber fields of wheat, about seventy-five acres in size. It was known for its wealth, and impregnable fortress (Strauss 2-3). The name Troy refers both to a place in legend and a real-life archaeological site. In legend, Troy is a city that was besieged for 10 years and eventually conquered (Owens). The conquest of the city of Troy began with what scholar to believe as the greatest war in history, The Trojan War.
Consequently, according to the book of the Epic OF Gilgamesh and The Ark of Noah, the similarities between those two stories is more momentous than their differences. The major similarities in both stories is the cause of the flood. According to the Epic of Gilgamesh, the people on the earth were very noisy and wicked; thus, the gods decided to destroy the earth and kill all the people. Then, the leader of the pantheon gods ordered Utanapishtim to build a boat and save his life. “Reed fence, reed fence, wall, wall!
Gilgamesh and Creon were both powerful men, however, they were different in possessing powerful positions. Sandars and Sophocles put emphasis on the protagonist’s character in the Epic of Gilgamesh and Creon. Gilgamesh, two part man, one part god, a king, perfect in stature; he, nonetheless, above all others (Sandars 61). Gilgamesh, ruler of the land; while Creon, described by Sophocles, king of the land, new leader, given by the gods (19). The two stories, written in the BC era, governed by monarchs.
“Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.” Written by Margaret Atwood a writer (BQ). The epic poem The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus has been fighting in the Trojan war for ten years and runs into many Gods, Goddesses and some monsters who may help him, or endanger him. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest, has superhuman intelligence, and performs brave deeds.
Then directly after their encounters with Scylla and Charybdis they landed on the Island of the sun god, Helios. There, the men disobey Odysseus's warning not to feast on the cattle and then Zeus is forced to send a lightning bolt to destroy their ship only to please Helios. Odysseus is the only survivor now. If he had been a better leader and enforced his rules and been more honest and trusting to his crew then they would have gotten back to Ithaca together and alive.