Comparing Noah's Ark And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Although they are derived from different cultures and faiths, both Noah’s Ark story and The Epic of Gilgamesh portray the wrath of God or gods on disobedient and ignorant people by a flood. God is portrayed as annoyed and enraged in Noah’s Ark story and in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Gods are dissatisfied about mankind’s actions. However in Noah’s Ark, God sees that in every human’s heart there are only evil intentions and people are marrying whomever they desire despite having morals and respect for other people’s wives. In the story God reinstates the fact that he has made man mortal and that they will die one day, but he still wishes to kill them now because they a disobeyed him. On the other hand, In the Epic of Gilgamesh the Gods are all upset about the fact that the mortals have forgotten them. Humans are not taking time…show more content…
Noah, a righteous and humble man is chosen by God to survive the flood in the Hebrew story. He commands Noah to build a ship, giving him exact measurements for the ship and informing him to ready a pair of every animal to enter the ship. He is also commanded to let his wife, his son’s, and their wives go aboard the ship. It rains for forty days and forty nights, but Noah, his family, and all of the animals stay safe in the ship. Similarly, in the Epic of Gilgamesh the God named Ea has an oath with mankind. Ea warns a man, named Utnapishtim, of the oncoming flood and instructs him to tear down his house and to build a ship out of it. He also urges Utnapishtim to let go of his worldly possessions and save his soul instead. Enlil brings strong winds and a flood for six days and six nights hoping that no one can survive his wrath, but he is not aware that Utnapishtim and his wife are safe in a ship. A humble and worthy man is chosen in both stories, but most importantly it seems that the men saved are the ones who kept the Gods in their

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