In both tales, the extent of each flood was global, and their causes are related: man’s wickedness or man’s sin. Because of their global extent and the general understanding of all of humankind being sinners, one can comprehend that both were intended for all beings of the Earth (except for a select few that will be discussed later). For example, both had “heroes” that were spared and were, and are, considered righteous. These chosen ones were each ordered to build a boat and both, although they ultimately complied, initially complained about or rejected the given request. Once built though, the structures that were created in The Epic of Gilgamesh and in the book of Genesis are almost mirror images: one door, many stories, and many individual compartments.
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.
However, in the same theme of the stories, there are sources of similarity and differences. Even though both The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis are similar in that they all used the floods for the destruction, both the stories are different from each other in distributing roles within the Gods and a way to warn the extermination from the Gods. First, the similarity between The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis is the relevance with the floods that were used to exterminate the human. To prove the occurrence of the flood, chapter 5 of The Epic of Gilgamesh includes, “For six days and six nights the winds blew, torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world, tempest and flood raged together like warring hosts (line 62-63, p. 21)”. Also, in Genesis, the text “The waters flooded the earth for a
However, the plan failed because some of the crew members opened the bag, since they were curious because the inside of the bag was kept as a secret to them, which clearly demonstrates that Odysseus had supernatural conflict. As the results, Poseidon’s power, the storm winds blew Odysseus and the crew further away from their destination. The third time Odysseus shows that he had supernatural conflict is in the cyclops adventure, and it was caused by Odysseus and his crew, who tricked the cyclops many times. In the Odyssey, it states that Odysseus taunts at Polyphemus, and reveals his real name after Odysseus injured Polyphemus, and tricked him, which enraged him. After Polyphemus about Odysseus, he requested from his father, Poseidon, the god of sea, to curse Odysseus, and ask for revenge on Odysseus and his crew.
One outstanding interpretation of both is their willingness to change. Indeed, change does not come easily. Their ability to change is slightly affected by secondary characters such as the following: Enkidu in Gilgamesh, and Mulan's father deteriorating health. This change drives both characters to become completely different, as each of them brings honor to their villages separately. As is described by Mitchell, “The city is his possession, he struts through it, arrogant, his head raised high, trampling its citizens like a wild bull” (72).
Odysseus In "The Odyssey", Odysseus of Ithaca is put in many difficult situations on his journey. Some people may say that Odysseus was a good leader, they are wrong. I say that Odysseus was a bad leader in the long run, all of his men died because of him and the men were not loyal to Odysseus. Odysseus was selfish and he sometimes had too much pride in himself which got the men and him into trouble. Odysseus was also a clever and cunning man, but he was not a good leader to his men.
Often times, true stories that happen within human lives do not fit into an ideal narrative for a film. Because of this, the story of The Perfect Storm was altered to fit cinema. The audience needs a story with conflict, and they need a story with a villian. The unfortunate targets of this villinifaction are Bob Brown, the boat owner, and, to a lesser extent, the crew’s captain, Billy Tyne. In Junger’s book, the antagonist of the story is the storm.
Man thinks he can challenge his creator by undertaking this responsibility. Yet humanity succeeded in revealing many ambiguities in this world, human mind is still narrow. The novel is so called Prometheus, a figure in Greek mythology, took fire from the gods in order to give it to man , but consequently he suffered eternal punishment. Clearly, as Victor Frankenstein does in this modern Prometheus-in a way, he stole the idea of creation from God and used it for his own ill-advised
They just naturally assumed that there was evil that had to be corrected and the gods were putting their wrath on the humanity. Many moments, from volcanic eruptions to a worldwide flood were caused by gods that are angry according to the Greeks. With people not knowing how things naturally occurring, they would blame small things like droughts to over abundance of water on the gods. Also with the reoccurring natural disasters were to the blame of the gods. Incidents that had to do with weather were from Zeus.
Throughout The Odyssey, it is evident that the divine harness the ability to both help and hinder common civilians, most notably of these civilians are Odysseus and Telemachus. The divine intervention in Odysseus’ life displays that godly powers can impact the lives of humans in many different ways. For example, just after Calypso had sent Odysseus off to his journey home, vengeful Poseidon sees him approaching an island and unfortunately for Odysseus the powerful god decides to “give him a rough ride in, and will” (V, 300). Poseidon’s godly powers called for vigorous “Hurricane winds...on which Odysseus’ knees grew slack, his heart/ sickened” (V,305-308). Out of rage for the pain that