Similarities Between The Odyssey And Gilgamesh

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Lesson 1, Journal Activity 1 One situation similar to the Epic of Gilgamesh was The Odyssey. The Odyssey was a poem written by Homer near the end of the eighth century BC, somewhere along the Greek-controlled western Turkey. It was a story about a man named Odysseus who make long, epic journey home after the Trojan War. The Odyssey relates to the Epic of Gilgamesh because they both made long, excruciating, journeys to reach their destination. There were many similarities between The Odyssey and Gilgamesh. On of which was that both Odysseus and Gilgamesh traveled long distances both on land and sea to reach their destination. Both characters also ran into gods, both good and bad, and had to deal them either peacefully or violently.…show more content…
After traveling for many days and nights, Gilgamesh finally reaches the plant once again. Diving down to the depths of the sea, Gilgamesh retrieves the plant, ignoring the pain caused by the plants razor like thorns on the plant. Soon after retrieving the plant, Urshanabi sets sail for Uruk. After many days of travel, they stop for the night to rest. Fearing that the serpent would once again try to steal the plant from him, Gilgamesh decides the only way to keep the plant safe is to kill the serpent. Gilgamesh drops the plant in the water near the boat and waits for the serpent to sense its bait. After sensing the plant, the serpent rushes to the surface to capture the plant, but is met by Gilgamesh’s axe which he strike the serpent in the forehead, ending the serpents life in agonizing pain and shame. After resting for the night, Gilgamesh and Urshanabi continue their voyage to Uruk. After reaching Uruk, Urshanabi gives his final goodbye to Gilgamesh, and leaves once more to the ocean. Upon his return to the city, Gilgamesh is greeted by his people by much celebration and festivities. After the celebrating the return of their king, the people of Uruk gather around Gilgamesh, following his

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