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Surname 1 Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Date Ancient Literature Literature originated from the oral traditions which existed before the development of writing. The oral stories were used for entertainment and instructions and were often combined with other forms such as dancing and music. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf and Iliad are the most regarded and known works of the ancient literature. The works were originally oral traditions which were later narrated by a man called Homer. Besides, the Beowulf is a heroic poem of the ancient literature that focuses on heroism. The Iliad narrates about the siege of Troy while Epic of Gilgamesh narrates about the homeward journey of a Greek king when the war ended. Literature has various elements such as plot, themes and character. The theme in this works help to build up the works of literature through facilitating the development of the plot. Characters also play a significant role in the unfolding of events through great works. Literature could be boneless without these elements and therefore they are crucial in the analysis of any works. In this case, the theme of chaos has been used to develop the character purpose through these works of ancient literature. The Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient work of literature. It a recognized poetic epic from the ancient Mesopotamia and has its origin as a Sumerian legend. The poetic epic focuses on the
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Surname 2 story of Gilgamesh who is a mythological hero and a king of Uruk as well as Enkidu, his friend. The takes dangerous adventures in the search for immortality secret after the death of Gilgamesh’s friend. The poem also alludes to the biblical story of Noah due to the great floods. The author applies various themes in the development of his ideas. Themes play a significant role in the development of the character purpose. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the creation of Enkidu was as a result of disorderly that people experienced until they pleaded with gods to create someone with the strength that matches that of Gilgamesh (Garcia, 17). The god of creation created Gilgamesh and made his strong and powerful that he acquired what he wanted and everyone had to stand out of his was rest they risk death. This depicts Gilgamesh as a selfish and evil character who caused chaos to the inferior in society. The people now appears tired of his character and pleads that the gods create them another character with strength and power matching that of Gilgamesh to create balance. In real-life situations, chaos originates from the lack of balance and equality where some people oppresses and takes advantage of the inferior in society. To maintain order, people have to blow the whistle and mobilize for the implementation of measures that allows for a balance of power. To maintain order, the god of creation, Aruru creates another man named Enkidu who is bestowed with the responsibility of attending and responding to the needs of the people (Garcia, 19). Thought the art, this is the only time that the gods are responding to the people’s interests.
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