Have you ever thought you had to do something just to prove a point? In the novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and the novel Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean, it shows that the main characters go through some challenging times. These books show the differences and similarities between the two totally different main characters in each book, to show Universal Theme. Universal Theme is something that ties all people together no matter who they are or where they live. It is also, a way to show people what and who you are.
Despite Humbaba 's efforts both of the warriors made it to his layer and inflicted a fatal wound onto him. After this the demigod** begged for them to spare his life. After Enkidu told Gilgamesh to not let Humbaba live, they both did the last blows to Humbaba and killed him. In result to the guardian of the forest being killed the hills and forest felt the lack of his presence. Gilgamesh and Enkidu then felled the trees of the forest and explored sacred places within the
In this tale, a godly man, Gilgamesh, develops a friendship with beast-turned-man, Enkidu, who begins to teach Gilgamesh about the world and helps him to grapple with challenges. After one challenge in particular, a battle with the giant Humbaba, Enkidu dies abruptly, leaving Gilgamesh alone again, and forcing him to overcome adversities by himself. Gilgamesh is initially despondent, but these adversities eventually give him the strength to grow in wisdom and appreciation. Gilgamesh flourishes from his failures because he can finally understand the meanings of life and death, accept
The gods punish the two heroes by ending Enkidu’s life and leave Gilgamesh behind. After twelve days of suffering, he dies in a slow, inglorious death (62). Enkidu represents the wildness in humanity. After his journey with Gilgamesh, he becomes civilized, more mature and closer to humanity. Enkidu was afraid of confronting Humbaba, but because of their friendship he overcomes his fear (29).
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible have a few similar events and historians think that they may refer to the same event. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible share a similar event, the flood, and a similar character, the serpent. Though there are still several distinctions between the two stories. The Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh both contain a serpent as one of the less significant characters.
During the fight between Enkidu and Gilgamesh, they wrestled and held each other like bulls (6). When Enkidu and Gilgamesh first meet, they fight each other to show off their strength. Another instance is in Gilgamesh’s dream when he grabs hold of a wild bull. The bull responds by kicking up dust, seizing his arm, and biting his tongue (9). Even though this conflict is in a dream, the aggression between Gilgamesh and the bull can be seen.
This sets up the conflict between the wild Enkidu and Shamhat’s civilizing forces. She sucks Enkidu into the civilized world by bathing him, clothing him, giving him bread, serving him wine. She seduces him with alcohol, women, and song. Enkidu later on curses when found that he was no longer seen as a fellow animal with the wild animals. Enkidu is a symbol of the wilderness and the uncivilized while Gilgamesh is the king of civilized Uruk.
As a result, Enkidu was created to stop Gilgamesh from his tyranny and make him humble. The gods did not themselves directly step in to discipline Gilgamesh, instead they used another creation, Enkidu. However, when Gilgamesh and his new friend and partner killed Humbaba and the bull of Heaven, the gods, without any creation as medium, intervened directly this time by killing one of them (Epic of Gilgamesh, 132). In “The Odyssey,” on the other hand, Homer portrayed the interactions between the gods and the mortals as being strictly direct.
During The Epic of Gilgamesh the story starts by introducing the deeds of the great hero Gilgamesh. He was an oppressive ruler, which caused the gods to create a nemesis to cause Gilgamesh anger . After they fought , Gilgamesh and Enkidu became the best of friend. They decided to travel the earth and go on dangerous adventures. In which Enkidu is eventually
Together, they balance out the tamed and untamed worlds and with Enkidu ’s help Gilgamesh becomes a hero king. Together they go on to defeat Huwawa, the monster in the cedar forest, they defeat the bull of heaven sent from Ishtar, and at the end Gilgamesh is shown to represent a real hero king due to the friendship of
After six days with the harlot, Enkidu realizes he lost his strength. The harlot gets him to join civilization, so he becomes a normal human. He is treated like a royal until Gilgamesh defeats him in battle. After that Gilgamesh and Enkidu become friends and fight in battles together until Enkidu suddenly dies. Gilgamesh does not want the same fate, so he goes looking for eternal life but dies anyway.
This beautiful meeting sparks an even more dazzling friendship, a friendship to be envied. The companionship that they create represents a theme of friendship that continues for the remainder of the book. Throughout their adventures, Enkidu becomes wise and he also becomes whatever Gilgamesh needs. He is very protective of Gilgamesh, and it is this protectiveness that leads to his
Silvy Elsa Mathew Hum 120 3/1/18 Paper 1 - The Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer’s Iliad The two main oldest epic tales in the world, ‘Epic of the Gilgamesh’ and Homer’s ‘Iliad’ deals with many significant issues that pose a meaning in the life of an individual and communities. The Epic of Gilgamesh was written 1500 years before Homer wrote the Iliad.