Gilgamesh Vs Creon Analysis

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Gilgamesh and Creon were both powerful men, however, they were different in possessing powerful positions. Sandars and Sophocles put emphasis on the protagonist’s character in the Epic of Gilgamesh and Creon. Gilgamesh, two part man, one part god, a king, perfect in stature; he, nonetheless, above all others (Sandars 61). Gilgamesh, ruler of the land; while Creon, described by Sophocles, king of the land, new leader, given by the gods (19). The two stories, written in the BC era, governed by monarchs. The protagonist in the stories, similar in power, Gilgamesh a narcissist, no regards for the people’s feelings. Despite his position as king, he takes all, leaving no children, no virgin to her companion (62). On the other hand, Creon puts the law above family and friends, yet, demanding respect. Creon respects the law of the land, even though he only honors the friendly people (Sophocles 20).…show more content…
Despite Gilgamesh’s disrespect for the people, he is a man of deed, building walls to safeguard Uruk (Sandars 61). In addition, he destroys evil, Humbaba, who guards the forest, protecting the trees his people need, risking his life (71). In my opinion, Creon appears concerned with respect, the city, and the la. He demands respect, but he only honors those that obey the laws, the city, and his power. Creon chastises his son for going against him, siding with his bride. This in my opinion is going against his father, and shunned upon (Sophocles 17). Gilgamesh and Creon are leaders, in contrast, the treatment of the people differ. For example, Gilgamesh shows no concerns for his peoples’ feelings, but protects the city from enemies, while Creon cares for those who obey him despite who they
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