The Epic Of Gilgamesh: A Hero's Journey

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Ashleigh McDaniel McDaniel 1 Mr. Gerdts Cp English 1 September 19, 2011 Gilgamesh’s Quest and Emotions Learned from his Journey. This particular epic “The Epic of Gilgamesh” consists of one significant character, known as Gilgamesh. This story was written as a heroic quest, and epic poem. Which means a hero takes a journey for something of value. Sin-Leqi-Unninni wrote it taking place in Mesopotamia around 2700B.C. I enjoyed this epic for the reason of the themes I learned. Love for someone has an inspiring influence, the inescapability of death, and some journeys/quest can have a significant effect. Starting his journey of as king of Uruk, he was a harsh unkind ruler who abused his power and subjected his people…show more content…
This way and that he paced round the bed, he tore out his hair and strewed it around. He dragged off his splendid robes and flung them down as though they were abominations”. (15) You can tell the he has a really hard time and struggles with hiding his emotions with Enkidus death. It takes a while for him to recover but from the trauma he tries to understand new things and meets new people that help him back on his feet…show more content…
“Because I am afraid of death I will go as best I can to find Utnapishtim”. (16) With this we understand that Gilgamesh is terrorized and at the same time intrigued with the ways of life. There is a plant that grows, Gilgamesh understands that this certain plant has the power to make your life eternal, “it has a prickle like a thorn, like a rose; it will wound your hands, but if you succeed in taking it, then your hands will hold that which restores his lost youth to a man”. (22) Gilgamesh became aware there is no way of avoiding death, because immortality is unachievable. Even though he found out the hard way he understands the way of life. The Epic of Gilgamesh I thought was a superior epic poem. I absorbed a lot from all the themes. First, love for someone is an inspiring influence; if you really adore someone or something you should undergo pain when it’s gone. Second, The inescapability of death; no one can live forever so benefit the time you have and let every moment count. Last, some journeys/quest can have a significant effect; you might arise some character, and undergo some task but all might have a positive effect in the

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