Gilgamesh and Oedipus Rex
The stories of Gilgamesh and Oedipus Rex show us through their themes that they have stronghold ties to the characteristics of classical literature. The story of the flood from the Old Testament shows great significance in the epic of Gilgamesh. In the story, it tells how Gilgamesh built a boat because the gods were going to send a flood and he wanted to cross the ocean to find immortality. Well, this is very similar to how God told Noah to build the ark because he was going to flood the whole world. This shows how Gilgamesh respected the gods as did Noah for God. In almost every epic or story, there were gods present and they were all immortal. Gilgamesh strived to be immortal but at the last second, a serpent robbed it from him and that’s why immortality is unachievable in the epic. In the Iliad &the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus, the main character, thinks he can defeat the Cyclops and is laughing and making fun of it. What ends up happening is the Cyclops sees them and kills most of his men. This is the same case for Oedipus. The first time Oedipus shows too much pride is in the very beginning, in the prologue. He says, "I Oedipus, a name that all men know." This shows he has much pride for himself. He feels he is very important, and that no one is above him. The term, classical literature, implies age or antiquity, but the word also implies the material is somehow valuable. It somehow shapes what comes in later time periods. When traditional literary scholars refer to classical literature, they usually mean that this literature is widely acknowledged as having outstanding or enduring qualities. Oedipus Rex shows us that throughout the story, there are hidden messages connecting the plot (themes) to classical literature. In the epic Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is the king of Thebes because he solved the sphinx’s riddle. He is married to Iocaste. He doesn’t know, at the start of the play, that he has murdered his father and slept with his...
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