The essence of Friendships

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The essence of Friendships/Relationships in Literature By: James Soyemi Through two semesters of Mosaics, we were introduced to various forms of literature documentary such  as Greek mythology, epics, novels, and documentaries. The Epic of Gilgamesh and Iliad are two epics that  illustrate and depict how important friendships/relationships are in one’s life. The friendship between  Gilgamesh/Enkidu and Achilles/Patroclus signifies the essence of great relationships. Gilgamesh and Enkidu  have a non-sexual love relationship, similar to that of Achilles and Patroclus. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the  death of Enkidu was significant to the change in Gilgamesh’s life. As a result of Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh  went on a journey to discover the meaning of life. He wanted eternal life, but Gilgamesh found out he couldn’t 
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Unformatted text preview: get eternal life, he didnt dwell over it. Gilgamesh used Enkidus death as an eye opener and accepted Death. In iliad, Patrocluss death made Achilles go on his own journey. The journey was to return to the war to avenge his friends death. The love Achilles had for Patroclus made him slaughter countless numbers of opposing soldiers. Achilles, who once fought for prizes and honor, used Patrocluss death as the main reason for fighting again. The connection between both Epics was that friendship can change anyone, even the people with a lot of power in society....
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course MOSAIC 0852 taught by Professor Raymondhalnon during the Spring '09 term at Temple.

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