September 16, 2011
The Literary Experience ENG 103 UA
Argosy University Online
Module 2 Assignment 2
I would say that there are more than one levels or circles of hell that Dante would place Gilgamesh in as well as Enkidu. First, I think Dante would place Gilgamesh into the second circle of hell where those who lust for material things would be punished by being ceaselessly tossed about in the dark air by most furious winds, (Alighieri, 2006). I say he would be placed in this circle because he lusted for material things, as Argosy University Online, 2011 states, “he enslaved many of his subjects, took what he wanted from others and raped any woman” (p3). Gilgamesh also lusts for an afterlife.
Dante may place Gilgamesh in the third circle of hell as well, which is where those who were gluttonous were flooded with hail, snow and discolored water. He was gluttonous over women, and strength. Next, Dante may place both Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the fourth circle of hell, where those who are greedy or spend money carelessly are punished by throwing heavy weights and rocks back and forth to one another. I say both characters would go to this circle because as Argosy, (2011) tells us, “They try to steal trees forbidden to humans. The trees are guarded by a demon but the two friends manage to kill the guardian, chop down the trees and build a raft that will take them home” (p.3). So, the friends stole these trees together. Envy goes along with this in this circle and when Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh starts dressing like him, as he sets out to find the boat that carried humanity through the flood.
Moving right along, I think Dante would place both characters into the seventh circle of hell, where those who have committed violence against themselves or others are emerged in a river of blood because together, they killed the guardian at the trees they stole, they defeat the bull that the goddess of love has her...