Ramayana Comparison Final Draft

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Gilgamesh (The Epic of Gilgamesh) and Rama (Ramayana) had two incredibly similar journeys. For instance, it was able to be seen that they have similarities in their characters, which included pride and determination. Also, it was impossible to miss all of the interactions they had with the gods and how much they helped the two men. The only real differences in the two journeys were the conclusions that the men faced. Thus, I came to the conclusion: Gilgamesh and Rama’s pride, determination and godly contributions helped to influence their journeys, but the results of their quests differed greatly. The endings to Gilgamesh and Rama’s epics were the only great differences in their characteristics. Rama’s tale ended with him throwing the Brahmasthra at Ravana’s heart, “…where the Brahmasthra entered and ended his career” (“Ramayana” 38), and accomplishing his goal. Even though he won, he seemed to be in a complacent mood. To the contrary, Gilgamesh failed his task. He failed once when he lost out on immortality, sleeping for seven days. His chance deserted him once again when he found a plant that would restore his youth. Unfortunately, while he bathed, a serpent “rose out of the water and snatched it away” (“The Epic of Gilgamesh” 21) and in response he wept about his ultimate failure. However, when he reached his city, he had his usual pride, having seen his city of Uruk in all of its grandeur. One of the factors in the quests of Rama and Gilgamesh was the amount of pride in themselves and their accomplishments. Rama’s pride is shown best in the situation when he killed Ravana and thought Ravana’s back was turned as the Brahmasthra struck. He was upset at the thought, which shows that he is too proud to kill someone in such a manner. Gilgamesh’s pride would urge him to continue his impossible quest even though beings such as the Man-Scorpions would tell him how

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