Similarities Between Gilgamesh And Hercules

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Linda Garrett Delmar Brewington ENG 205-80 6 September 2013 The Epic of Gilgamesh, Hercules, and the Quest for Immortality The Epic of Gilgamesh and the stories Hercules portrays to be the tale of two valiant and vigorous men who endured hardship at the peak their lives. The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the quite simple tale of the transformation of a bad king into a good king, and that transformation happens when Gilgamesh is forced to confront his mortality. Even though these men are mighty warriors their stories are symbolic and different in many ways. Hercules as a young boy was stolen by Hades, lord of the underworld. Hercules, forced to live among humans was turned into a half-god and half-mortal after drinking a forbidden drink brewed…show more content…
Another similarity is that they are great warriors and the result from their defeats gives them a divine impact which makes them very influential people. To some degree Hercules is faced with the morality, for the death of his family. For Hercules he is commanded by Apollo to do certain tasks as a punishment for his sins, so that his spirit might be cleansed from evil. It is then that Hercules begun to complete his 12 Labors. Although Hercules completes the 12 Labors he continues to do many more adventures. Soon after Hercules falls in love and marries the beautiful Deianira. Upon his returning home from his last adventure, Deianira gives him a cloak that she has woven for him. As Deianira hands the gift to Hercules, the magic balm she rubs on the cloak will become a death sentence for her husband. As Hercules tried on the cloak, his body begins to burn immensely with pain. Knowing that he is near death he asks his friends to build a pile of wood on Mount Oeta where he would burn to death. Gilgamesh has come to realization that his selfish pursuit of glory alienates the gods which caused the death of Enkidu. After Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh pours out his grief to the tavern keeper: "After his death I could find no life, / Back and forth I prowled like a bandit in the steppe, . .” (Gilgamesh, lines 63-64). So we can see that Hercules and Gilgamesh had a tragic moment in their lives that made them stand strong against significant
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