Gilgamesh’s views on death were related to the events that transpired in his life. The first time he started to panic about death being a possibility was when his friend Enkidu died. This lead to Gilgamesh’s search for eternal life which lead him to understand that death will always follow life. The “Epic of Gilgamesh” guided the Mesopotamians to this conclusion that people aren’t suppose to live forever because their divine hero can die too. Gilgamesh was their own hero, sort of like Superman.
The Value of Life Within the Epic of Gilgamesh, Benjamin Foster tells an ancient Mesopotamian tale of a king who learns a great lesson through tragedy. While seeking immortality to retain his great strength and power, Gilgamesh learns that even he, the great Gilgamesh, cannot obtain immortality and loses a beloved friend along the way. Gilgamesh and his dear friend Enkidu embark on many successful adventures. However, as successful as their adventures are, they lead to the death of Enkidu. The loss of Enkidu forces Gilgamesh to the realization that he too will one day die.
In Sophocles’ play Antigone, Creon, the king of Thebes, best represents a tragic hero. Creon demonstrates goodness in his intentions for Thebes as well as his fragile state due to the fact that he recently lost several family members. Creon, newly named king, finds himself as highest ranking official around, showing superiority. Creon often acts stubborn and prideful, his tragic flaw. And lastly, he must come to terms with the fact that he caused the death of his wife, son, and niece.
Hercules abandoned himself after he killed his family and was thrown off Mt.Olympus. Eurystheus was Hercules dragon. Eurystheus was a King who had a fear that Hercules would take his throne so he assigned him twelve labors that would kill Hercules. Hercules also has to complete these labors in order to be accepted back on Mt.Olympus. Hercules task is to find loyalty, he will find loyalty after he completes his task.
Initially, Enkidu was sent to be Gilgamesh's opposite character by the gods to subdue his arrogance. As stated in the epic, the goddess Aruru creates Enkidu to contend with the king and absorb his energies (15). However, as they encounter challenges together, their companionship becomes like no other. For example, when they had set off to destroy Humbaba, Enkidu shows his fear and worry, which causes Gilgamesh to hesitate before killing Humbaba (16). In like manner, both men considers each other’s worry and conscious, which brought about Gilgamesh’s new sympathetic trait.
More specifically, Oedipus faced an unknown truth, a task to save his people, and a moment of grief to represent is blind ending. Throughout the events he represented self-justice and an idea that the people were eventually going to respect and understand. As a lifetime of searching became a norm for Oedipus he discovered such a truth that hurt his soul and caused his wife and mother to kill themself. Although obtaining this notion, the king himself took risks that were greatly empowering and laborious. The whirlwind of emotions produced by each of the characters allowed justice to become more real and visual as the end became more authentic than ever before.
Finally his return was when Odysseus returns to Ithica he finds that other men are trying to take over his throne. Odysseus was not very happy and takes up action against these men. After defeating all the men, Odysseus was able to get his wife back, and take back control over his kingdom. In some ways one could say The Odyssey is a metaphor for life. It could be a metaphor because both life and Odysseus journey are long, and both are filled with good and bad times.
Campbell discusses that “when the hero-quest has been accomplished, the adventurer still mustreturn with his life-transmuting trophy." (193) In the table, only the Epic of Labaw Donggon has this stage, however the hero 's refusal to return back home was caused by fear of additional enemies surrounding him. Labaw Donggon wasn 't aware that his sons had already defeated Saragnayan, he was so afraid that he ran away without sanity. Unknown to him that he had already possessed the boon of victory over Saragnayan through the help of his
Sweet friends, what shall become of Faustus, being in hell forever?” (Marlowe Ch. 1956, Page, 108) We can see that Doctor Faustus realized his sins but there is nothing that he can do now. The soliloquy of Doctor Faustus starts just an hour before his damnation, when he realizes that supernatural powers are reserved for gods and anyone who attempts to deal with them, must face eternal damnation. When the final hour strikes, the devils come to take his soul. Doctor Faustus wanted to go beyond limitations of humanity, in other words he wanted to prove that he can become greater than he presently is.
Gilgamesh is a lonely, evil, self-centered ruler who has no humility for man-kind. The people, being fed-up with Gilgamesh and his harsh treatments asked the Gods for help. Enkidu was created and sent down by the Gods to put Gilgamesh in his place and that's what he did, but not in the way the Gods had intended it to happen. Enkidu and Gilgamesh had an altercation during their first meeting, but later bonding becoming inseparable friends recognizing each other as brothers. Through Enkidu's nurturing, Gilgamesh became a good ruler and hero.
After Enkidu was killed Gilgamesh started to realize that even though Enkidu was strong and powerful he was still killed and the same thing could happen to him. So, Gilgamesh’s quest is to find everlasting life. He justify it by that he goes in the search for Utnapishtim, the Mesopotamian Noah who received eternal life from the gods, in the hope that he will tell him how he too can avoid death. Though, the Mesopotamian only gives Gilgamesh an insight of the afterlight-which gives little hope for Gilgamesh. Utnapishtim reveals that death is part of the human life and even though someone dies, humanity lives on.
Gilgamesh, who’s 2/3 divine and 1/3 human(P.71) is a king of the city named Uruk. He is quite arrogant and naïve “He is King, he can do whatever he wants” (P72) . After losing Enkida who was like a brother to him “my double, my second self” (P83) Gilgamesh was really saddened. After his death, Gilgamesh mourned for six days and seven nights , while mourning he sees a maggot coming out of Enkidu’s noise and became terrified of death (p167). He tries to find meet Utnapishtim who is an immortal to try to find the secret of eternal life (p159) And there, Utnapishtim says that gods assemble life and death for u.