Enkindu, my dear friend who I have loved so much, Who went through everything with me. He died—like any ordinary man… (page 64) Instead of being arrogant like at the beginning of the Epic, Gilgamesh is humbled. Gilgamesh has gone from arrogant to scared. The death of Humbaba also changes Gilgamesh. Humbaba is evil.
He claims the title of being a hero by defying the wrath of two decades of distress with the use of his cunning brain instead of manpower. For someone to challenge adversity underneath a fatigued mind and body for the amount of time that he has, expresses true heroism. In the ever pernicious quest that Odysseus sought out with over 600 men in 12 great ships, how can one deny his epic ability to endure through the exasperation from immortals? Odysseus, a mortal man who felt bound by honor, initially displayed prowess and wits by assisting Sparta to defeat the mythical city of Troy. Taking on this battle showed the first glimpse of his heroic nature, which describes the unconventional thinking the godly man applied in the midst of danger.
While Enkidu sits in the house of the dead among the shadow companions?” (VII ii 21-24) The sudden death of Enkidu causes Gilgamesh to ponder something he hasn’t been forced to think about before: His vulnerability to death. Gilgamesh treasures this friend so much he does not know what to do without him. Looking to fill this whole he has after Enkidu’s companionship is gone, Gilgamesh turns to a quest seeking immortality to conquer death: something Enkidu had not been able to do. We find Gilgamesh’s quest to let nothing overpower him a reoccurring theme throughout the epic.
It changes him from a tormenter and a dictator to a wonderful king and a hero. Later in the book Gilgamesh has a very hard time dealing with the death of Enkidu and goes on a journey to try and become immortal. Odysseus on the other hand is motivated by the love of his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus. Odysseus desperately wants to go home to them but has been held captive on an island by Calypso. Calypso is also motivated by love.
Throughout their journey together, Gilgamesh grows more and more fearful of death. His fearful attitude and second thoughts become even greater after the death of Enkidu. Because of Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh sets out in search of immortality. Though meeting Utnapishtim, he discovered how it was possible to achieve eternal life. When the finally meet, Gilgamesh states, “I look at you now, Utnapishtim, and your appearance is no different from mine; there is nothing strange in your features.
Also, he fought for the revenge for his wife that they killed to get to him. William Wallace is brave, courageous and loyal to the most heroic. Gilgamesh was just watching his friend getting beaten by Humbaba. Gilgamesh is a coward and scared. He almost took the monster bibe before he chopped off his head.
It was the most precious gift by his father Zeus. This power saved him countless time since birth. An illustration of this would be that Heracles killed two snakes sent by Hera, as mentioned above, when he was 8 months old. Also, he was able to strangle the Nemean lion when he grew up and, moreover, hold up the heavens for a short time, while Atlas, who usually did this, went to get the Apple of the Hesperides. Heracles was the strongest man in the world, and he was even stronger than some of the gods when he was just a divine hero.
Have people ever lost faith in you while you still believed you could complete the task? In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf is the greatest warrior in all the lands and is sent over to free the King from the demon, Grendel. In the song “Wordplay”, by Jason Mraz, he writes about how the critics and record label do not believe he can repeat his first album’s success. The situations of the epic Beowulf and the modern song “Wordplay” have many similarities and differences, despite the contrasting reasons of writing each. Jason Mraz’s first album topped the billboards and sold out everywhere.
Jordan Humphrey 09/17/2014 World Literature Hairy-chested and brawny, Enkidu begins his literary life as Gilgamesh’s sidekick. In the most ancient of the stories that compose The Epic of Gilgamesh, he is a helper to Gilgamesh. As those legends evolved into chapters of a great epic poem, Enkidu’s role changed profoundly. Much more than a sidekick or a servant, he is Gilgamesh’s soul mate, brother, and equal, even his conscience. In the later stories the gods bring Enkidu into the world to provide a counterpoint to Gilgamesh.
The mind of Alexander the Great is an enigma. For a man that shows such compassion for his troops and the men and women of Macedon, he shows a relentless hatred for his enemies. He seems at times, so blinded by his victory that he has no thoughts of the destruction that he causes. It is difficult to comprehend that his love for one of his family or friends can so quickly turn to hate that he would have them executed without even thinking. Another puzzling aspect of his personality was that he was absolutely obsessed with conquering other nations that he would be able to leave his home for over eleven years to attempt to achieve his goal of total world rule.