DisAssn1 - Gilgamesh was set in his ways and was determined...

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Reading the discussions between Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Shiduri, and the characters of the Illiad , I notice some trend in Achilles of the Illiad and Gilgamesh of The Epic of Gilgamesh . Gilgamesh and Achilles strike the reader as similar tempered. They both believe that they are better than the average human being, coming from gods and ruling army’s, and in Gilgamesh’s case, a country. They both believe fighting a sport or a power struggle. Achilles fights for fun; he knows he can slay any man where he stands, as does Gilgamesh. They both look for opportunities for a challenge and a fight. For example, Achilles refuses to fight for the Agamemnon because he does not believe in his character or reasons for fighting. He intends to prove is point by refusing the battle and allowing Agamemnon to realize his mistake and bow to Achilles. Another example, Gilgamesh is set on slaying Humbaba, the monster that guarded the Cedar Forest, for no reason other than his own personal glory. Enkidu realizes this and tries to change his mind, but
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Unformatted text preview: Gilgamesh was set in his ways, and was determined to kill Humbaba. Enkidu, on the other hand, is much different from Gilgamesh and Achilles. Enkidu is a softer warrior, one who battles when only forced with no other choice. He matches Gilgamesh in strength, brains and courage but obtains a little more wisdom and experience than that of Gilgamesh. Finally, Gilgamesh implies that the most important thing in life is glory, fame, excitement, and immortality towards his conversation with Shiduri because he has lived through so much. Achilles implies that glory, honor, and his own legend are more important than any other aspect of life. Enkidu, the wise one, believes that a life lived spending time with family and friends is the most precious gift life can offer. This may be because he was brought up without civilization and had to learn all human emotion all over again. He does not take life for granted as much as Achilles and Gilgamesh....
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