"His teeth are like dragon's fangs, he has countenance like a lion, one look and he can crush trees." Most people would run away by just one glance at this monster. But, if you are brave, courageous, and determined, then you would stick around for the challenge on taking on the monster. It takes a true hero to fight this monster, and that hero is Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh and my grandfather are both brave, daring, determined, risk-takers, and heroes. They both went out of their way to help others. Gilgamesh and my grandfather are two heroic people. Gilgamesh goes on many daring journeys that shows that he is a hero. Gilgamesh is very arrogant. He does not fear death. In the epic he stated, "Immolation and sacrifice are not yet for me, the boat of the dead should not go down…" Gilgamesh also goes through many journeys throughout the epic. The first journey is the battle to defeat Humbaba. Humababa is a giant monster who guards the cedar forrest. He had dragon fangs, countenance like a lion, and can crush trees with one look. Gilgamesh cannot defeat this monster alone. He brings along his best friend, Enkidu. In the end, Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeat the monster of the cedar forrest. Another quest Gilgamesh gone on was to find immortality. He had to dive under with rocks attached to his feet and get the flower. Once you eat a part of this flower, you would live forever. Gilgamesh was going to share it with the elders and other people in the kingdom. But, Urshanabi snatched it away from him and ate it. Throughout Gilgamesh's journeys, there were obstacles. One obstacle was when Gilgamesh and his best friend, Enkidu, were going to fight Humbaba. Enkidu feared the monster and was terrified. Gilgamesh pushed Enkidu to go with him and not to fear Humbaba, and Enkidu did go with Gilgamesh and together they defeated Humbaba. Another obstacle was when Gilgamesh's best friend, Enkidu, dies. He is greatly saddened by his death. He lost his "quest partner" and must go find immortality by himself. Gilgamesh's journeys were sometimes successful and sometimes failures. A successful journey was when he and to defeat the monster of the cedar forrest, Humbaba. With words or encouragement from Enkidu, Gilgamesh took an ax in his hand and a sword from his belt and struck Humbaba in his neck with the sword and killed Humbaba. A failed journey was when Gilgamesh was on a quest to seek immortality after Enkidu dies. He tied rocks to his feet and dove down into the water to find the flower. But, Urshanabi snatches it away from Gilgamesh and he goes home empty handed. My grandfather is a hero to me. My grandfather was very selfless. He used to put others before himself. He was a very caring person. A quest he went on was being a soldier in World War 2. He fought for our…
The Epic of Gilgamesh Assignment
Gilgamesh Is an epic poem telling the tale of the great mythical creature himself, and the friendships. losses, lessons and gory battles he goes through. Throughout the story, Gilgamesh seems to be looking for something. What is it? Perhaps a sense of overpowering like the gods and even to be immortal would be the ultimate want for Gilgamesh. But, as most things don't end as planned, he doesn't find this…
The Epic of Gilgamesh was an oral in origin that was preserved in writing.
Genesis’ origin more than likely originated orally and is a creation myth of both Judaism and Christianity.
Metamorphoses was is literary myth because it was originally in writing.
Satapatha is considered a pre-literacy myth in its origin. It has several myths of creation similar to others, such as the Bible.
Unlike Genesis and Metamorphoses man already exist when the…
24 September 2012
Proposal: Talk Dirty to Me
The Epic of Gilgamesh has many intriguing events that can be explored by analyzing the writing provided. Reading between the lines is the key tool to understanding the context of the poem. Each new stanza, whether it be repetitive or a fresh thought, comes at you with a new angle of explanation. If a thought or statement was unclear, as you continue to read, you are sure to catch the meaning in a different explanation…
The Epic of Gilgamesh
In the Sumerian epic, The Epic of Gilgamesh, the author, David Ferry, depicts a heroic warrior– Enkidu. For the purpose of this essay, a heroic warrior can be defined as a man or women endowed with great gratitude and courage, that possesses many noble qualities, in addition to being selfless. Ferry illuminates Enkidu’s heroic characteristics through the telling of his creation, expression of gratitude, and courageous and nobel actions.
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu is…
ENG 200 – 12:00 MW
January 23, 2012
Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh was based on two men from two polar opposite backgrounds coming together and building an unbreakable bond. The key characters, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, evolved in to totally different men than the men they were in the beginning of the story. Every obstacle they faced, even if it was individually, affected not only the character’s moral but the friendship between them, whether it was negative or positive. This ancient Sumerian…
September 22, 2012
The Ongoing Epic of Gilgamesh
Most historians today, at one point or another, have examined and analyzed one of the earliest surviving works of literature, which in this case originated from ancient Mesopotamian culture. Entitled “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” it is an epic narrative constructed during the early second millennium BCE, describing “human—as opposed to godly—achievements” (Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, p.97). To historians The Epic of Gilgamesh has shed a great amount of light…
of times. Being one-third human as he is, Gilgamesh fears death naturally, and because he does, his instinct forces him to find a way to deceive this inevitability. He then initiates his immortality quest; quest he doesn't realize contradicts logic and wastes his time.
Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, was a godly creation that reigned over his kingdom with oppression and cruelty. He was unstoppable. Everything we wanted, he acquired it. This made Gilgamesh feel in total control at all times and this…
Epic of Gilgamesh
The epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest primary document discovered in human history dating back to approximately 2,000 B.C.E. This document tells a story of an ancient King Gilgamesh, ruler of Sumer in 2,700 B.C.E. who is created gloriously by gods as one third man and two third god. In this epic, Gilgamesh begins his kingship as an audacious and immature ruler. Exhausted from complaints, the gods send a wild man named Enkidu to become civilized and assist Gilgamesh to mature…
Theme: The central idea of Gilgamesh was the greed that he had to receive eternal life. Gilgamesh was a selfish person who was half god and half man and wanted to keep his youth after seeing Enkidu die. Gilgamesh knew his destiny was not to receive eternal life because he was half man. He decided to go against the odds to fight against not having eternal life searching for the secret despite what the Gods told him.
Exposition: The story…
The epic poems The Odyssey, written by Homer, and Gilgamesh, translated by David Ferry, feature the struggles and triumphs of two epic heroes, Odysseus and Gilgamesh. Epic heroes exemplify six common traits. They are all strong fighters, complete with physical beauty and intimidation. The epic hero is dangerous yet protects ordinary people. There is always an encounter with death and the cosmos. They are superhuman, but they are not supernatural, although they come in contact with the supernatural…