Gilgamesh displays all three of these qualities because he goes on a quest for immortality, he was created part god and part human, and he is assisted by a mythical creature named Enkidu throughout the story. To begin, one of the qualities of an archetypal hero is to go on a quest which Gilgamesh does in “The Search for Everlasting Life.” When Gilgamesh’s second self, Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh realizes his fate. His fear of death encourages him to take on a journey. Gilgamesh proves that he possesses this quality by
Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death. The desire for the knowledge consumed him, allowing him to only think about “one thought, one conception, one purpose.” The dangers of desire are examined after he has created the monster. Victor has just finished the monster and realizes the gravity of the situation. He diminished his “health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (42).
Gilgamesh, The Great King of Uruk as displayed a remarkable and gradual change in himself. Three events have impacted and changed Gilgamesh in a profound way: meeting Enkidu, his quest to kill Humbaba, and his desire to attain immortality. In the beginning of the epic it is said multiple times that “ quote about how Gilgamesh was a bad and unwanted king”. The people of Uruk could not do anything about it, since he is considered half god and the only people that can do something about him where that gods. After the gods and goddesses gathered around they ordered that Aruru would create and equal, someone with the same amount of power as Gilgamesh so the he can balance him out.
In Gilgamesh, the loss of an object is the loss of the plant, which was going to be used to become immortal. The loss of Enkidu made Gilgamesh suffer, but it also made him go on a good journey in search for something that he wanted, so that what happened to Enkidu, would not happened to him. When Enkidu died because of the incident between him and Ishtar, Gilgamesh suffers. His suffering affects many people in many ways. Because Enkidu died, Gilgamesh became scared of death, and that made him go on his journey to achieve immortality.
A Hero’s Quest for Immortality Gilgamesh, just like any other heroes, receives a vision from the gods pertaining to his fate, “The father of the gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your destiny.” It makes no sense at first but as the story progress, we found out that Gilgamesh was never meant to live eternal life. The quest for immortality is a common theme in mythologies. Heroes undergo challenges against gods and supernatural creatures in order to get the desired item that would restore one’s youth. The whole notion of going through all sorts of hardships and perils to achieve eternal life signifies a hero’s fear of death. The famous hero of Greek mythology, Achilles, is said to be invincible since his mother dipped him in the River of Styx, but he still failed to survive when the Trojan prince shot him in his heel.
Odysseus and Aeneas visit the Underworld at crucial points in each story. They both seek answers and knowledge not available in the mortal world. Odysseus’s and Aeneas’s experiences had many differences, and some similarities as well. Odysseus visits the Underworld after his grueling experience at Troy, and is confronted by his past. Odysseus sees Elpenor, and is hit with the guilt of her body being unburied.
At one point Enkidu is sentenced to death by the gods, which leaves Gilgamesh alone with his own destiny. This time he realizes that he has to explore his inner self and combat the eternal existential questions, in order to find new strength to
Boldness is something that Gilgamesh had adapted over time but, when losing someone that he seen as a partner for adventures he lost that source of motivation that helped boost his confidence which also helped boost his boldness. In the end Gilgamesh begged and pleaded for something he thought he needed which was immortality, the Gods looked upon him and decided he did not deserve it for his actions of doing everything such as killing Humbaba and killing the Bull of Heaven when they warned him not to do
In ancient Greece, “kleos” was an important cultural value of glory. Typically, kleos is achieved through a glorious death. Throughout his journey, Odysseus is constantly striving to gain kleos while still alive. First, he tries to gain glory by obtaining extravagant gifts. Despite his men insisting on raiding the unprotected cave of its loot and leaving the island, Odysseus decided to wait for Polyphemus, the giant to whom the loot belonged, in hopes of receiving a welcoming gift.
Why go through the torments of the living when a knife will end your sorrows? Why are we afraid of death? Hamlet realizes that it’s because we don’t know what happens when we die. No one who dies ever returns, so we can not know what happens in the afterlife. Uncertainty in death is a major theme in Hamlet, and is the cause of many of Hamlet’s soliloquies.