Gilgamesh, from the tale of Gilgamesh, was the king of Uruk, on the river Euphrates in modern Iraq. When the story is first intorduced, the reader can see that Gilgamesh was a very confident man and contained very little compassion for his people of Uruk. He was a king sure enough, but he was not one to count on as a leadear or a protector. He was the one to kill his people loved ones and rapes their daughters. He knew in his mind that he was superior to others due to the fact that he was two-thirds god and one third human.
Near the beginning of Gilgamesh 's story Gilgamesh is young, and arrogant. But as he gets to the end of his story he realizes the mistakes he has made and we 'll have to live with them for the rest of his life. Gilgamesh was feared and hated by many of the people who lived in Erech. One of the reasons being are because of how he made the children work for him and how he took any maiden he wanted and raped them. Gilgamesh became best friends with "Enkidu."
People of Uruk complain about the nature of Gilgamesh’ tyranny to gods as they can no longer tolerate the king’s unjust behaviors: “His companions are kept on their feet by his contests, [the young men of Uruk] he harries without warrant. Gilgamesh lets no son go free to his father, by day and by [night his tyranny grows] harsher. (Gilgamesh, I.166-170)” People rely on the king to protect their rights and the country, but Gilgamesh does the opposite by taking away their sons and daughters for his personal needs. The people of Uruk feel oppressed under Gilgamesh’s rule as Gilgamesh gives himself the right to sleep with women on the first night of marriage and to take away sons from the household to appease his appetite for war games. Instead of feeling safe under a divine ruler, people feel threatened and pray to gods to protect them.
In result, from an early age, Gilgamesh is perceived to be a great and powerful ruler, but aside from being physically beautiful and strong, he disappoints his people in numerous ways. However, through wisdom, strength, intelligence and acceptance that mortality is unavoidable, Gilgamesh proves to his people and himself that he is the hero he was born to be. By possessing these traits, Gilgamesh truly embodies an epic hero. The first heroic quality that Gilgamesh possesses is wisdom, which he acquires throughout his journey. Although at the beginning of his story, he is anything but a heroic king, much changes when the gods create Enkidu, a man-beast, made to help Gilgamesh on his journey.
The story of gilgamesh is believed to be an epic poem from ancient mesopotamia, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (circa 2100 BC), it is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature. This tale is about the king in Uruk, named Gilgamesh who is ⅔ God ⅓ Human. Gilgamesh comes across as an arrogant, reckless king that makes his citizens feel threatened. The sky god, Anu orders the goddess Aruru to create the First Man, Enkidu, as a competitor to Gilgamesh, in an attempt to give him a friend, which will bring peace to his soul. At one point Enkidu is sentenced to death by the gods, which leaves Gilgamesh alone with his own destiny.
Gilgamesh, is beautiful, perfect in stature, strong, wise, two thirds gods, and one third man. He oppresses his people, however, he builds a wall around Uruk to protect the people (p. 61). Crying over the death of his friend, shows a sensitive side of the king. Enkidu, animal like, lives in the wild, eats with the
The Epic of Gilgamesh, is the story of the hero Gilgamesh. He is on the quest for eternal life following the death of his best friend Enkidu. Towards the end of his journey he encounters an extremely wise woman named Siduri, a winemaker and celestial barkeep. Siduri is unsure and slightly scared of him at first due to his disheveled appearance from his long and intense journey, upon seeing him she quickly locks herself in her house. Gilgamesh is unhappy with this and threatens to hit her gate, breaking the bolt.
Gilgamesh is an awesome warrior king who is from mostly divine and incompletely human parentage, Achilles is an extraordinary warrior who is blended divine and human, in any case, the two are mortal (Ziolkowsk). “How, O how could I stay silent, how, O how could I keep quiet? My friend whom I love has turned to clay: Enkidu my friend whom I love has turned to clay. Am I not like him? Must I lie down too, never to rise again?"
One of the earliest stories of Gilgamesh is developed from Sumerian texts, one of the most influential and well-known poems (Michelakis & Pantelis 2007). In the epic, within which many episodes are interlinked, depicts an image of a kind who underwent development and tends to understand the world where he was living. Within the version of the Babylonian, hero Gilgamesh 's character is best compared to Achilles. While comparing the characters of Achilles and Gilgamesh, he (Gilgamesh) changed and his nature was affected duet the presence and absence (loss) of Enid his comrade, thus the nature of Enkidu was static. Achilles ' nature and character followed the same pattern as that of Gilgamesh as he was also influenced by the presence and loss of Patroclus his comrade.
The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey have been a part of human literature for several years. Both poems are from the category of epic poetry and have a time difference of at least one thousand years apart. Their themes explore different aspects of human cultures and ideologies. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem from early Mesopotamian culture while the onset of the Greek civilization inspired The Odyssey. The main characters for these epics are Gilgamesh, a demigod and ruler of Uruk, and Odysseus a great warrior returning home to his wife from war.