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Surname 1 Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Compare and Contrast Format Comparing and contrasting various works of literature portrays a lot of differences and similarities. This results from a variation of linguistic styles used themes and the traits of the featured characters. This paper compares and contrasts various works of literature. Despite being unique stories, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Legend of King Arthur and the Tale of Sinuhe portray a number of similarities and differences. The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Legend of King Arthur have a lot of similarities and several differences. The major difference that is easily observed is that that the first one is an epic while the other one is a legend. It is necessary to have deep knowledge on the meaning of the terms Epic and Legend so that one can easily compare and contrast the two works of literature. An epic refers to a long narrative poem that describes the deeds of a superhuman being or hero. The superhuman hero is always perceived as a semi-god whose actions are relied on as the fate of a tribe, a nation or a human race. An epic is usually characterized by an adventure-based story that focuses on timeless human problems including war, jealousy, honor, and hatred. It also includes a god or a goddess that had supernatural powers. The setting of an epic is fixed at a place that is far distant during the ancient period. Notably, epics are based on legends as well as myths. Legends on the other side describe a protagonist or a superhuman who is capable of solving problems that face a group of people. A legend is also characterized by an adventure-filled plot. Having a better
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Surname 2 understanding of these terms gives a better comprehension of the story of Gilgamesh and King Arthur. The theme of love and friendship is portrayed in both stories. This theme is outlined in the epic of Gilgamesh where Gilgamesh has the closest companion known as Enkidu. It is also portrayed in the Legend of King Arthur where Arthur has a closest companion known as Merlin. Both Gilgamesh and Arthur did not forget their friends. The time when Enkidu became a man is when he got in contact Gilgamesh. When the animals were trapped by the hunter's traps, Enkidu would come and release them. Therefore, the prostitute slept with him with an objective scaring away the animals. This was done to make Enkidu a man. King Arthur was known by Merlin when during his young age. After the birth of King Arthur, Merlin helped him to survive by placing him in Sir Ector's care (Lace 5). As he grew and developed, Arthur learned various ways such as knighthood, chivalry as wells ways of becoming a gentleman. Arthur's pulling of the Excalibur from the stone during the tournament day is what made him meet with Merlin for another time. Gilgamesh worked together with Enkidu and managed to kill Humbaba, who was a protecting the Cedar forest. Gilgamesh' deeds of killing Humbaba led to his punishment by sending the Bull of Heaven.
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