History of Immortality

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Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the history of immortality and its influence on modern society. Thesis Statement: Immortality implies a never-ending existence, regardless of whether or not the body dies. Mankind’s fascination with immortality provides a historical foundation of mankind’s quest for immortality that makes philosophers and scientists alike to contemplate an age old mystery, “Can we live forever?” 1. First Main Point: A historical perspective of man’s quest to achieve immortality through literary works.

A. Gilgamesh, Sumerian King of Uruk
B. Juan Ponce de Leon
C. Antiquity: The Goddess Eos

2. Second Main Point: Today the quest continues

A. Science
B. Technology
Summary: Mankind’s dream of everlasting life still remains unfulfilled. No one has found a way to conquer death, and probably never will. However, man’s quest for everlasting life throughout history only proves how hard it is for us to accept death. (Revert back to thesis for ending.)

Immortality implies a never-ending existence, regardless of whether or not the body dies. Mankind’s fascination with immortality provides a historical foundation of mankind’s quest for immortality that makes philosophers and scientists alike to contemplate an age old mystery, “Can we live forever?” The Epic of Gilgamesh (a Sumerian epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium B.C. and is the first piece of written literature in the world) is the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk who oppresses his people. As punishment, the gods send him a companion, Enkidu, who is his mirror image and becomes his good friend. Together, Gilgamesh and Enkidu defy the gods by killing the giant Humbaba, cutting down the sacred cedar forest which he guards, and killing the Bull of Heaven. Enkidu has ominous dreams of the destiny of tyrants who become slaves in the House of Death. Enkidu finally dies of an illness sent by the gods. Horrified by Enkidu's death...
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