Hero's - 1 The Heroism of Gilgamesh and Herakles There are...

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The Heroism of Gilgamesh and Herakles There are many types of Hero’s in history. Gilgamesh and Herakles are two heroes that share many characteristics but also differ in many ways. These two stories portray how the function of the hero can be both beneficial and dangerous to a society. Both Gilgamesh and Herakles fought monstrous beings and embarked on great journey’s to prove their dominance, yet the two heroes fought for varying reasons. Just like any apotropaic warrior, both of these heroes had times where they did more harm then good. The power of these two warriors was used to overcome great evils, but also at some points misused for evil doings. Gilgamesh and Herakles are both descendants from Gods, Herakles of Zeus and Gilgamesh of the moon god. Both Warriors were passionate, caring and courageous, not afraid to shed tears for a lost loved one. These works portrait a figure worthy of idolization and emulation for a society. The hero can serve as a representative of what is right and great to a people. Both of these characters have become “culture hero’s” that help to mold a society’s idea of what attributes make up a great person. A hero such as this can also be harmful to a society in that some of the actions of the hero are not worthy of emulation in real life. The actions of the characters in these stories can become dangerous if a society uses them to justify these actions in their own lives, such as Herakles committing murder and Gilgamesh abusing his power.
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course ENG 1000 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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Hero's - 1 The Heroism of Gilgamesh and Herakles There are...

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