Similarities Between Gilgamesh And Odysseus

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The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey have been a part of human literature for several years. Both poems are from the category of epic poetry and have a time difference of at least one thousand years apart. Their themes explore different aspects of human cultures and ideologies. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem from early Mesopotamian culture while the onset of the Greek civilization inspired The Odyssey. The main characters for these epics are Gilgamesh, a demigod and ruler of Uruk, and Odysseus a great warrior returning home to his wife from war. The two main characters of these epic poems, Gilgamesh and Odysseus share similar and dissimilar traits. Among the qualities these characters display in the respective poems, connection to the gods, pride and courage come as shared traits between the two of them. While strength is a primary trait of both characters, they differ in the degree of strengths they possess. Odysseus displays suburb mental strength while Gilgamesh has more than mortal physical strength. Odysseus was a great warrior hero from the Greek Trojan war who was trying to get home to his wife after the war had ended. Odysseus invoked the wrath of the Greek god Poseidon for the blinding of his son Polyphemus the Cyclops. Odysseus almost escaped the Cyclops and was practically home free before his pride got better of him. Upon leaving, the island where the Cyclops lived Odysseus originally had called himself “No one” when he first blinded Polyphemus but while

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