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    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.

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    Ninsun is a goddess whose role in the epic is to serve her son which is basically taking care of her son. The position that she takes is giving advice for Gilgamesh and, he was listening for her guidance. She was practicing her motherhood by giving care and showing love for her son. Ninsun have a smart character she was wise and clever, to clarify that when Gilgamesh has two dreams that he told his mother the two dreams about an axe and a meteor. His mother Indicate the two dreams that Gilgamesh will meet a new friend.

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    “The Epic of Gilgamesh” by N.K. Sandars teaches the reader that the epic hero cycle is a heroic person’s journey throughout a piece of literature by illustrating concepts that fit into the series of events. For example, the article states, “Gilgamesh laments Enkidu’s death for seven days and nights… Then the grieving Gilgamesh leaves Uruk” (25) to demonstrate Gilgamesh’s call to adventure. The call to adventure is a part of the epic hero cycle where a person is given a reason to set out on an expedition. In Gilgamesh’s case, he ventures out to find immortality after the somber death of Enkidu (X). To further exemplify the epic hero cycle, the article describes, “So at length Gilgamesh came to Mashu, the great mountains about which he had heard

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    My Epic Hero Wow! Don’t you wish to have a hero on your world? Saving people’s life’s, your family, friends, etc.. . That would be the best thing ever.

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    A hero’s demeanor is as important as the storyline itself. The Epic of Gilgamesh a story that takes on the persona of the Hero Journey’s structure. Which states that there is a specified hero, sidekick, wise-old-man, and a villain and his army. Also, that the hero has a call to adventure which leads to a meet with supernatural forces, the hero beats the force, somehow, and comes back safe with an abundance of pride. The Epic of Gilgamesh follows the trek of Gilgamesh the king of Uruk during Sumerian rule.

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh shows and describe the journey of a successful hero. Throughout his quest, Gilgamesh goes through a departure, initiation, and a return stage. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu sets out to go on the heroic journey to defeat Humbaba he experiences the first departure stage. The initiation stage occurred when Enkidu died and Gilgamesh started the second heroic journey searching for immortality. Gilgamesh search for immortality was beyond the initiation stage he searched for it through every quest and journey he encountered.

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    In Sophocles’ Antigone and The Epic of Gilgamesh, both Antigone and Gilgamesh don't dread death as long as they did the right thing according to them. First, I will talk about how Antigone sees the divine laws of the immortals much more important than those of the mortals. Next, I will discuss how Gilgamesh finds it acceptable to die if he does something audacious- like fighting Humbaba- because individuals in the city will remember him for the actions that he’s done and the sacrifices he has made. Finally, I will argue how its surprising how Antigone and Gilgamesh have the same views on death as they are both different genders. Antigone would rather follow the laws the the immortals give her than those of the mortals.

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    MONOMYTH COMPARATIVE PAPER- ENGLISH 402 PROJECT 1 The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Ramayana, and The Lord of the Rings are all important contemporary epics that continue to influence the world immensely because they have various themes, forms of symbolism, and motifs used for learning experiences in the modern times. Stories are made to portray ideas that bring food for thought onto the table. The themes that these four-works share are friendship, duty, life/death, and adventure; each have great importance because each explore values that are memorable and influential.

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    Gilgamesh King's Role

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    According to The Epic of Gilgamesh, a king is a divine agent whose duty it is to enforce the will of the gods and “be a shepherd to his people” (p.4). By definition, a shepherd is expected to protect his people from all harm seeing that it is a ruler’s responsibility to care for his own as evidenced by Gilgamesh’s quest to defeat the evil Humbaba. Furthermore, we can reason that another of the king’s roles is to expand his land and conquer new territory as per his duty as a military leader. We see this when Gilgamesh invades the forest and cuts down the cedar tree, thereby challenging Humbaba (p.10).

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    Gilgamesh is a tyrant of extraordinary power in need of a male companion equal to him in the first two tablets of his epic, and that is why the gods fasten Enkidu. Enkidu is the polar of opposite of Gilgamesh. Where Gilgamesh “tramples (his) citizens like a wild bull” (Tablet 1 - 28), Enkidu “(eats) grass with gazelles” (1.73), while Gilgamesh “takes the girl from her mother and uses her (1.31), Enkidu “frees the animals” (1.97) from traps set by the trapper. Gilgamesh is a harsh king and Enkidu is a peaceful lover of nature. These two great men needed to be brought together to balance Uruk and the surrounding countryside.

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    Atonement In Gilgamesh

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    Atonement with the father is the ninth step; it is a stage when the father figure challenges the hero to become a new person (Campbell 110). The hero is able to improve as a person through this step. The atonement with the father of Gilgamesh would be when he meets Utnapistim. When Gilgamesh tells the reason of his journey, Utnapistim teaches him a life of a person with an immoral life so that Gilgamesh could learn uselessness in immoral life. Utnapistim purposely tests Gilgamesh to send him home with lesson.

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    Gilgamesh Challenges

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    Challenges in Life “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient story by William Ellery Leonard that we have a written record and was recited for generations before it was inscribed on the clay tablet in cuneiform script(6). Leonard presents challenges and experiences encountered by the most powerful man Gilgamesh, who ruled the city of Uruk in ancient Sumer, between 2700 and 2600 B.C (6). This King was regarded to be half human and half god because of his power and strength. The society then called upon their god’s to make them another man who can take over from him (7).

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    . John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton once stated, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” However, the usage of power can be implemented positively or negatively, depending on the intentions of an individual. By definition, power is stated as the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Characters from The Epic of Gilgamesh by Sin-Leqi-Unninni and Lysistrata by Aristophanes demonstrate that not all who wield power results in corruption.

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    Gilgamesh Likeness

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    ave discussed the differences and likeness between the Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis flood record of the Bible. In spite of the fact that there are various non meaningful things between the records, the larger part of likenesses would be required to be found in any antiquated surge account. There are two things that emerge as being extraordinary - arriving of the water crafts on a mountain and the utilization of birds to focus when the water died down. Be that as it may, both of these likenesses vary in vital subtle elements. What 's more, there are extraordinary contrasts in the timing of each of the surge accounts and the vessels ' way.

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    The Sumer region was in Mesopotamia, which is now the current Iraq. This area is very famous due to writing which was the cuneiform script on the clay tablets. The systematic record keeping, the plow, which was the agricultural development. Social and economic organization was also a well known factor, followed by, units of time which was the division of a day into 24 hours as well as one hour into 60 minutes. Also, mainly because of the settlement that took place there.

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    Creation stories have profound effects on humans. Mesopotamia’s “The Gilgamesh Epic”, Egypt’s “Hymn to the Nile-Documents”, and Mesoamerica’s Mayan and Aztec creation stories demonstrate significant relationships within society, whether that is between humans and nature or humans and the “god(s).” Mesopotamia was the first primordial, and an influential cradle of civilization with prominent relationships between humans and nature and humans and their gods.

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    Enkidu Vs Gilgamesh

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    One thing that humans have that separates them from other animals is their consciousness. That is why in order to be civilized you must be able to share, feel, and embrace emotion. You have to be able to share ideas to communicate with the people around you. Being able to understand people and feel empathy towards them is what makes us civilized. Just like how Enkidu from Gilgamesh, learned how to love and the ways of human life.

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    Gilgamesh: An Epic Hero

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    Gilgamesh is an epic hero because, he part divine, interacts with gods and his story has a series of adventures and superhuman victories. Gilgamesh is a king that shows off his power and enviably shows his weak side in most altercations. Most scholars see him as a historical figure, but I myself think he is definitely an epic hero. He oppresses people who call out to the gods, this is not very heroic, but his other actions will show the truth. Gilgamesh IS an epic hero.

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    Gilgamesh Accomplishments

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    In a town not too far from Iraq, there was a school called Uruk High. While he was not there long, there was a legend of a hero who walked the halls of Uruk High. His name was Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was the current principle’s son so he had godlike powers at the school. Gilgamesh stood 6’1 tall and was very muscular.

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    Who has better qualities Gilgamesh or Sindbad? Both heroes Gilgamesh and Sindbad each have their own qualities. The main qualities that help create a hero are bravery, the ability to care for others, and patience. I believe the most important quality found in a hero is being patient. I think Sindbad has the most patience out of the two heroes.

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