Gilgamesh vs. Genesis
Most stories we hear of the past are about heroes that are in search for something of meaning. History is a way to not only let the stories of the past move on to future generations, but also teaches us the morals and values of these epics. Epics are long narrative poems in elevated language that follows the journey of an important figure, or hero, whose journey is important to the history/culture of a people. The hero usually faces adversity and returns home significantly transformed. Epics are also a great way to give us an idea of a lifestyle and the thoughts of a lifetime that we never experienced. The epic of Gilgamesh is about a man who is on a desperate search for immortality after feeling fear he never thought was possible from the death of his good friend, Enkidu. Gilgamesh then goes on a journey in order to preserve himself. In the Book of Genesis, there are several events that happen. Some are Abraham being tested of his faith and God asking Noah to build an ark in order to save mankind. When comparing the epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Genesis, we find similarities and notable differences such as the belief in Gods, the two heroes, Gilgamesh and Abraham, and also the flood.
The main character of the epic of Gilgamesh is Gilgamesh himself. Gilgamesh was created by the Gods and is described as, “When the gods created Gilgamesh they gave him a perfect body. Shamash the glorious sun endowed him with beauty, Adad the god of the storm endowed him with courage, the great gods made his beauty perfect, surpassing all others, terrifying like a great wild bull. Two thirds they made him god and one third man.”(48) Although he behaves as a God, he also has human qualities such as fear, thirst of knowledge, and mortality. Gilgamesh gets everything he wants but it is not until his companion and good friend, Enkidu, he begins to feel scared. Gilgamesh goes in search for immortality only to find out from the gods that it is not possible...
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