Music has been around for centuries. We as humans love art and have always found a way to express our ideas through written text or music. In many ways music has become just as significant as text. It can be used to enhance one’s mood or supplement one’s feelings. Likewise, in films, music is used to enhance the way an audience will perceive certain scenes and it also creates an emotional backdrop for the characters. A film can be described as visual storytelling and its soundtrack is an integral part of selling the movie to its audience. A writer would attempt to do the same if he/she were tasked to soundtrack their work… Gilgamesh: The Purpose of Life and the Inevitability of Death The Epic of Gilgamesh depicts the life and exploits of an actual King of Uruk, Gilgamesh, which ruled around 2500 BCE. This paper focuses on Gilgamesh and his journey to find his sense of self-worth and discover his own mortality. In the text two underlying themes begin to stand out as the story progresses: the purpose of life and death is inevitable. I will make an effort to use music to set the tone and tie these themes together. Now Playing: Princes of the Universe
A Kind of Magic (1986)
Queen’s “Princes of the Universe” was the theme song for the movie Highlander in which immortals fought one another to gain power and become supreme ruler. I see Gilgamesh as thinking of himself as all powerful and superior to normal men. ♫ “I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings, I have no rival, No man can be my equal…” ♫ In the beginning Gilgamesh is portrayed as a demigod, an “unstable compound of one part man two parts god”. Gilgamesh is a hero; building the great wall of Uruk, and erecting massive temples. He’s more beautiful, and more courageous, but also more terrifying than anyone else. He’s a merciless tyrant, with little compassion for his subjects. Somewhat of a superhuman, Gilgamesh does as he pleases, he is selfish. He sacrifices his warriors on...
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