Gilgamesh was looking for immortality while Achilles wanted glory and fame. Although they both went through similar ordeals they dealt with in different ways. Each man was considered a heroic to their cultures for different reason. We can tell a lot about the priorities and values of Gilgamesh’s and Achilles’ cultures through their heroic actions. It somewhat proved an answer to the way they did things and why
Gilgamesh is the son of Lugalbanda, and Ninsun, So Gilgamesh is of divine birth, who grows up to be spoiled and selfish. In return the Gods heard the crisis of the people and Aruru decides to create someone for Gilgamesh "Let that one be equal, let them Contend with each other, that Uruk may have peace” (P6.90.) The idea was to have another person for Gilgamesh to fight with, grow in understanding and friendship. So when Aruru heard this “She pinched off clay” and created Enkidu from the ground and to be like the animals, a complete opposite of Gilgamesh. So it becomes clear the deep invisible bond between the two men.
And during the journey, he begins to become an epic hero. Odysseus fits the description of an epic hero because he had cleverness, exceptional knowledge, and supernatural conflict. The first reason why Odysseus fits the description of an epic hero is because he had cleverness. The first time Odysseus shows that he had cleverness was in the cyclops, Polyphemus adventure.
“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.
Long before modern technology existed, lives weren’t the same, a status of a king could be defined as a god, a man who conquers a civilization is a man who has everything. Gilgamesh is someone who has everything. He is the most powerful of all, the most intelligent, and he is a demigod. As the Epic of Gilgamesh unfolds, bear in mind that the story has been around for about 1500 years, yet the way of life show similarity to our world today. The book shows great relevance to today’s society.
To what extent is Odysseus considered an archetypal hero? The Odyssey is an epic poem; a long narrative about a hero, Odysseus who displays the cultural views of Ancient Greece at the time the poem was written. Throughout The Odyssey there are several heroes, however, none of them are as prevalent as Odysseus, who demonstrates characteristics of an archetypal hero. This title, however, includes negative characteristics such as a fatal flaw; nevertheless Odysseus has the ability to overcome his obstacles and proves to be a true hero. Firstly, Odysseus represents the qualities of an archetypal hero as he is of royalty.
When we think of heroes, often the first image that comes to mind is that of strength or power. However, most heroes also have another thing in common – they often act as intermediary figures between the human realm and the divine realm. In some cases, the hero is very close to the heavens, while in others he or she is completely mortal. However, that link almost always defines the hero in terms of what he or she wants to achieve and how he or she meets these goals. There is no better way to analyze this relationship than looking at heroes from different styles of literature – particularly the mythical hero in Prometheus, the tragic hero in Antigone and the epic heroes in Gilgamesh and Enkidu.
In Greek society, there are many valued characteristics of the hero Odysseus which are still valued today. These traits may not be as important in today’s modern world, but there is no doubt that Odysseus is an epic hero. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus proves that he is an epic hero through divine intervention in the Call, where he blinds Polyphemus in the Challenges, and the Atonement, where he goes through a transformation. Odysseus reveals the help of the gods as he plots with Telemachus against the suitors who are plaguing his home to take back what is rightfully his in the Call. Odysseus says “...and Athena’s inspiration spurred me here, now, so we could plan the slaughter of our foes.
Joseph Campbell, a renowned mythologist and professor studied mythology and traditional stories. He defined a hero as “someone who has given his or her life for something bigger than oneself.” His creation of the Hero’s Journey structured the storyline for so many stories to come, including The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel follows the adventure of Bilbo Baggins, an ordinary hobbit turned hero. Gandalf, a wizard forces Bilbo on an adventure to regain treasure with thirteen dwarves.
A hero has many different qualities and simulations like any person. He has proven by his heroic characteristics in Harry Potter the Sorcerers Stone. Taking lead to his journey of being a hero. Harry Potter is an example of an archetypal hero, shown by his unusual birth circumstances, lives else where and initiating event. Supporting the evidence found for unusual birth circumstances, Harry Potter was faced against voldemort trying to make an end to him.