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Classics 36January 28, 20161stEssay: The Transformative Power of Love Although it was said, “when the gods created Gilgamesh they gave him a perfect body…endowed him with beauty…and courage, the great gods made his beauty perfect surpassing all others”1, the 5thking of Uruk, in theEpic of Gilgameshwas far from perfect. Throughout the epic, the protagonists’ personal growth in becoming a benevolent human being and leader, parallels the transformation of the main character, Scrooge, from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.In their respective storylines, Gilgamesh and Scrooge are faced with a series of life changing events that transform them from powerful and selfish individuals to compassionate beings. Much like Scrooge, who was wealthy businessman, Gilgamesh, was a revered warrior and an impressive builder whom erected magnificent walls and temples for his city and the gods. Gilgamesh’s flaw, however, was that he was a poor king and paid a high price for his greed and immoderation. Similar to, Scrooge, whom had accumulated a