Essay Comparing Beowulf And Gilgamesh

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The stories of Beowulf and The Epic of Gilgamesh are both heroic tales .The two main characters which were Beowulf and Gilgamesh are similar in their social roles. They are mainly alike because they are both epic heroes. Beowulf and Gilgamesh have some similarities but they also have some differences. The things that make them different are their challenges, what motives them, and how they died. The main thing that makes them similar are some of their qualities. Beowulf fought all his battles alone, with no help at all. Gilgamesh initially had a partner, one who was very helpful, Enkidu. When fighting in battles Gilgamesh would wear full armor with weapons, but Beowulf didn’t have much of either. Which goes to show that Beowulf was very brave. Both Beowulf and Gilgamesh had qualities of good heroes. Some…show more content…
He wants to oppress the people of Urk. The gods decided to create Enkidu to prevent Gilgamesh from doing so. Enkidu and Gilgamesh eventually become really close friends until Enkidu is killed by Gods. The Gods punish him because he killed Humbaba Gilgamesh sets out to learn the secret of life so that he can bring back his friend who has died, Enkidu. Enkidu was the man who would go into all the battles with Gilgamesh to bring Enkidu he has to find the secret of life from Utnapishtim, which involves him passing through the gates between the Mashu Mountains into the Road of the Sun, past the valley, and across the lake. Before doing this journey Gilgamesh didn’t realize that he didn’t have his friend Enkidu to help him through the journey like he usually would. He had to go on the journey and get through it on his own. The journey is very difficult for Gilgamesh. It makes him very emotional. Utnapustim is the only one who actually see that Gilgamesh is very dedicated to bring back his friend. "Two things encourage me to hope, he said; that one can come this far to bring life to a
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