For both hero’s, Gilgamesh and Odysseus, the entire theme is set around their journey of finding their purpose as a man, and more importantly a ruler. They both set out on a quest for dominance of some degree and ended up becoming humbled while finding the great leader they were capable of being from the beginning. The two separate journeys of Gilgamesh and Odysseus help each of them to develop from kings to mature leaders. While Odysseus’s journey in The Odyssey begins at the end of his defeat in the Trojan war, his return home is his biggest triumph. His trials and tribulations from the God’s are brought on from his own over-confidence of his cleverness and wittiness - his greatest assets also proved to be his biggest downfall.
When Gilgamesh finally got a hold of the life-restoring plant, a serpent managed to snatch it away. He lamented over it and he realized that the journey he took was all meaningless. In spite of that situation, it transformed Gilgamesh into a new person with new perspective and ideas in life. And finally, the hero will return to his or her home, carrying the lessons and values acquired in the adventure they gone through, to share to their people. Gilgamesh decided to go back to Uruk and he devoted his life to be a great leader of his beloved city and rejoiced in the work of his hand.
Though Gilgamesh and Odysseus possess great strength and sharp minds, their own flaws of visionless are similar, and this does not help them with their journeys; like the duty of killing supernatural enemies like Humbaba and Polyphemus. These heroes are both men who have been granted certain strengths, Odysseus with physical, while Gilgamesh has been granted mental strength. We see Gilgamesh’s mental strength used to get over his fears of living life without his dear friend. In these two epic tale we see our heroes being lead by the gods to reach their outcome. The trial these heroes face is not the monsters or the journey its self but it is themselves they have to face.
Gilgamesh seeks Utnapishtim to help him to find the plant to make him young or to have the immortality. Did Gilgamesh get the plant? Yes, he did get the plant. Gilgamesh was so happy, his pride to himself goes down, the people can see his soft side after he get the immortality. But on his way home, Uruk, a serpent come out and eats the plant.
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, he is very much a failed loner and thinks only of himself until he is united with Enkidu. Enkidu walks into the battle against the Bull of Heaven, faithfully, by Gilgamesh’ side with a willingness to sacrifice himself in place of his king and friend, affording the preservation of Gilgamesh and allowing Gilgamesh to advance in his quest for freedom. Likewise, in his attempt to conquer England, Wallace had his childhood companion, Hamish Campbell (referred to in the movie as Hamish), who helped propel Wallace toward freedom by fighting for his friend in victorious battles and by heightening morale. But, apart from assists in battle and morality, this is where the similarities of the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu deviate from the likeness of Wallace and Hamish. Wallace treated his friend as an equal whereas, whereas Enkidu was considered lesser than Gilgamesh, as Enkidu was not a king.
He was meant to keep Gilgamesh grounded and keep him from hurting his own people. They formed a strong friendship. Gilgamesh grieved heavily when Enkidu died. He set off on a very irrational quest to find Immortality and in the end Gilgamesh sort of found peace in his morality. Gilgamesh became a better king for his people in the end because of his strong friendship and the love he had with Enkidu.
Songs of praise were sung about him. He won every duel. He was feared by his opponents and acclaimed by his folk, …but was characterized by “Hamartia, or the inherent “fatal” flaw, this finally brought about his downfall, resulting in pathetic tragic end/death.” Odysseus should be considered a Greek hero because he was noble with
The abuse of power, leads to a fight with his enemy, Enkidu, created to take down Gilgamesh for oppressing the people. In addition to the rivalries develop a friendship (p. 69). The friendship teaches Gilgamesh compassion, something he lacked toward the people before bonding with Enkidu. In love for the first time, Gilgamesh takes Enkidu’s advice in war, the two become inseparable. Gilgamesh remains by his friend’s side until he dies.
The two become close friends and go on adventures together, but eventually, Enkidu dies. This leaves Gilgamesh extremely grief stricken and fearful of his own mortality. Because of this fear, Gilgamesh travels in search of eternal life. The exposure to the death of a companion, fearfulness of his own life, and the experience of love allows Gilgamesh to acquire a greater understanding of the humans he is commanding, ultimately making him a better ruler to his people. Death is an absolute in life.
The poem tells us that Ozymandias was a great leader in his opinion, but in contrary it could be the exact opposite according to his people. “The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed them.” This quote uses personal body parts to display people’s emotion, in the treatment of Ozymandias. As stated in the quote above “the hand that mocked them,” refers to how Ozymandias mocked and downgraded his people to feel like a true ruler. On the contrary, it says that Ozymandias feeds and provides for his people. Apparently the only thing that Ozymandias’s people remembered was his harsh treatment and his vicious mocking.
In his journey gilgamesh grows bored with his life and decided to go and fight the monster humbaba, who was sent by the gods to watch over the cedar forests. He goes to fight the beast and finds himself unsatisfied with his victory leaving him wanting more. He later goes on a journey searching for immortality. This journey is purely motivated by the benefit he would receive and he was not concerned for the effect it may have on others. This shows a great difference in the twos journeys and motivation styles because of the intent behind
When he discovers the Lord of the Flies, it actually speaks to him, because the Lord of the Flies represents evil, while Simon represents holiness and good. The Lord of the Flies asks Simon “aren’t you afraid of me?” and instead of folding, Simon fights the evil, and shakes his head no (Golding 143). He can also see the corruption of his fellow peers, and the civilization leaving the group. Simon takes the beast as man, man that was once “heroic and sick” but is not corrupt and savage (Golding 103). Though his civilized and positive nature both make him valuable, his selfless actions really cement him as a necessary part of the