The concept of the Hero’s journey is arguable a popular storyline for many stories ranging from Epic of Gilgamesh to modern day Harry Potter and is frequently seen in other literature and media illustrating that the concept of hero and a hero’s journey is not a new one however is still very prominent today. According the Campbell, "The first work of the hero is to retreat from the world scene of secondary effects to those causal zones of the psyche where the difficulties really reside, and there to clarify the difficulties, eradicate them in his own case”. While Gilgamesh does not have the proper morals to be a hero, his story does follow the hero’s journey and is still being told because the values are still relatable and compelling
OVERARCHING THEMES Though The Odyssey and Paradise Lost are penned during completely separate time periods–with a span of roughly nine centuries between the writing of each–the two works still share many similar themes and subject matters. Some are more vital components for the genre in general, necessary for a piece of literature to be considered an epic; others remain less conspicuous, though with just as great an impact on the overall story. Heroism and the Hero’s Journey: One of the most defining elements of an epic work is the presence of the Hero’s Journey, also known as the monomyth. Introduced by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey describes the typical narrative pattern that accompanies many forms of storytelling, most commonly and most easily seen in classical literature. “The standard path of the
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. First, we saw this direct interaction between Athena, the goddess of wisdom and Odysseus’ son, Telemachus.
George Wilson views the eyes as guidance. “God knows what you’ve been doing… T.J Eckleburg” (Fitzgerald 159-160). Wilson views the eyes as a godlike entity and uses the advertisement to justify his murder of Jay Gatsby. A central symbol of guilt, judgement, and God. It invests in the valley with a moral intensity.
The story reads “In the enclosure of Uruk he strode back and forth / Lording it like a wild bull, his head thrust high.” (I, 39). It is very clear in this entire story how prideful Gilgamesh is. He is very confident when he speaks about killing Humbaba. Gilgamesh says, “There dwells in the forest the fierce monster Humbaba / You and I shall kill him / And wipe out something evil from the land.” (II, 48) Gilgamesh attempted to stay positive in most all the story with his friend Endiku. He says “Let the paralysis leave your arm, let weakness quit your knees, Take my hand, my friend, let us
Cultural Values A demigod named Gilgamesh, tragically loses his best friend, then he goes on a journey to find the secret of immortality. One could say that these specific cultural values work effectively for the Gods and the people of Uruk, such as rituals, war, and making sacrifices to make this culture successful. Commonly this culture mostly performs rituals for everlasting life or immortality. Gods are afraid of mortality and death itself. The people are wanting an everlasting strong leader.
Creon disagrees strongly and becomes inflamed towards Haemon. Another flaw of Creon is that he is a hypocrite who does not stick to his own words, thus perjuring himself. In his initial speech he says “ - a man who does not take the best advice there is - such a man is the very worst of men and always will be.”. But later in the play Creon doesn’t listen to the advice of those around him, in the most basic sense he is saying that he is the worst of men. These tragic flaws work against him as the story progresses.
Epic heroes are those who embody the ideals of the culture that produced it. Gilgamesh and Hector are two excellent examples of epic heroes. Their situations are very different, but they also have many similarities. The two epics were tragedies; The first similarity. Compared Gilgamesh Hector seems to be the stereotypical hero.
Gilgamesh is the son of Lugalbanda, and Ninsun, So Gilgamesh is of divine birth, who grows up to be spoiled and selfish. In return the Gods heard the crisis of the people and Aruru decides to create someone for Gilgamesh "Let that one be equal, let them Contend with each other, that Uruk may have peace” (P6.90.) The idea was to have another person for Gilgamesh to fight with, grow in understanding and friendship. So when Aruru heard this “She pinched off clay” and created Enkidu from the ground and to be like the animals, a complete opposite of Gilgamesh. So it becomes clear the deep invisible bond between the two men.