Comparing The Serpent In The Bible And Gilgamesh

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The serpent represented evil in both, the Bible and Gilgamesh; however the outcome may not have ended that way for each character. The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. They are generally characterized as beings and officiators of evil. The two stories tell of defeat and success, by the actions of two same but different serpents. The serpent is first heard of in Genesis, the first book of the bible. The setting of the first appearance of the serpent in the Bible was in the Garden of Eden. God created the heavens and the earth, and then created humans to have dominion over the earth and its animals and food. God first created Adam, and then he planted the Garden of Eden. The first assignment to Adam was…show more content…
Gilgamesh was King of Uruk. Ishtar proposed marriage to King Gilgamesh and he rejected her with insults. He spoke of her past lovers and what they endured while with her. Ishtar then goes to her father, Anu, enraged from the insults. She commanded her father to let the bull of heaven free to wreak havoc amongst Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh, along with his friend Enkidu, goes into battle against the bull and end up slaying the beast. Enkidu was then punished for slaying of the bull. He suffered for 12 days, then later died. After his death, Gilgamesh then realized that death would be slowly approaching him. So he seeks out for immortality. Utnapishtim offers Gilgamesh a chance at immortality. If Gilgamesh can stay awake for six days and seven nights, he, too, will become immortal but Gilgamesh soon fell asleep. After that failed, she instructs him that there is a magical plant that would grant his wishes of immortality. He goes to the shore and gets the plant. When he gets the plant, he doesn’t trust it. So he takes it back to Uruk to test it on an old man. He makes a stop at a well. While drinking, the serpent arose and snatched the flower, which caused it to shed its skin. The acts of the serpent made the king realize that death cannot be
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