Gilgamesh Analysis - forever. Not breathing for eternity...

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September 30, 2007 Gilgamesh Analysis The Epic of Gilgamesh can undoubtedly be seen as a historical document. By reading just a page of this ancient literature, the reader gains a great deal of knowledge about the society of Uruk positioned in southern Mesopotamia. Throughout the first half of lines of the prologue the narrator describes the great Gilgamesh in the past tense to later switch the tenses when describing the exquisite nature of a temple and other sites. A quick tense change depicts the land of today, intertwined with the old philosophy of the gods. In order to relate to the reader, the narrator gives the gods’ names, not only their magical powers. The gods therefore have a human characteristic that every person can relate to in any society. The prologue in addition tells the reader that Gilgamesh went on an epic journey to return very tired and to inscribe his travels on stone. Gilgamesh, the protagonist from the epic, main goal was to make sure he would live
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Unformatted text preview: forever. Not breathing for eternity was of course Gilgameshs biggest fear. This one page of literature conveys to the reader that the later pages of the story will confirm, a story regarding a great king of the civilization of Uruk. Gilgamesh, created as two-thirds god and one third human, had the quality that everyone of that time period dreamed of having. To the people, Gilgamesh was like gold, perfect in every aspect. The story is exactly what readers wanted: to see a person who is almost a god, minus the immortal factor, but at the same instance possesses the same qualities that people generally have. Immortality was the Uruk civilizations most desired feature to acquire in ones life. The gods were immortal; and therefore, the people of the community looked up to them in great admiration. Sacrifice of precious amenities and worship were regular actions carried out by a civilization in order to get into contact with the gods....
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