Similarities And Differences Between Gilgamesh And Creon

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Gilgamesh and Creon were both powerful men in the Epic of Gilgamesh and Antigone, however, they were different in their leadership roles. Sandars and Sophocles put emphasis on the characters to illustrate the comparison and contrast between Gilgamesh and Creon. For example, Gilgamesh, two part man, one part god, a king, and perfect in stature still, he was a narcissist, no regards for his people, and ruthless. Gilgamesh, the king of the land, leaves the people in despair; he takes all, leaving no children or the virgins to her new lover (Sandars 62). Creon, on the other hand, puts the law and his prestige above family and friends. Creon honors only those who obey his commands, respects him, the land and the law (Sophocles 20). In contrast to negative behavior, Gilgamesh built walls to protect the people of Uruk (61). In addition, he risks his life to destroy evil (Humbaba), the Cedar Forest guard (71). Creon stands on his decision killing Antigone for requesting a proper burial for her brother, after ruling against her request (Sophocles 48). Creon’s decision’s to disregard reconsidering Antigone’s death from his love one’s is ignored, subsequently, stands alone agony.
The two stories were written during the BC era, a time when the gods reigned. Sandars and Sophocles show the spiritual culture, demonstrating the work of the gods in the literature. The Epic of Gilgamesh, governed by the gods communicated with Gilgamesh directly through motifs of dreams. For
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