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English 802 Fall 11 HW

His punishment of 500 years of incarceration was

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his punishment of 500 years of incarceration was greatly needed to show him that even with all that he knew, he had a great deal of learning left to do. This test also parallels Gilgamesh’s call to change the way he reigns and lives in Tablet IX when he fails at obtaining immortality from Uptinapishitm. (Heidel 89-90). He is prompted to ask himself where he should go from that point forward. Since there was no other way to achieve life everlasting, Gilgamesh took it upon himself to make the life he did have as joyous as possible through enjoying life without mistreating the citizens of his kingdom. The same went for Monkey who gained a great deal of humility after his release and pilgrimage that tamed and molded him into a loyal and humble servant of Buddha (Monkey 303). Because they have become mild mannered and more sensible their old habits of mischief no longer blind them. These strenuous journeys that they have embarked upon not only made them greater leaders but also better people and provided the two once troublesome
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men with a better understanding of life and how to appreciate what they have been given. Looking at both characters side by side, I do not agree with, but can understand their reasoning for desiring immortality. It is no surprise that two strong personalities such as that of Gilgamesh and Monkey who lived with selfish outlooks on life would desire to live and not die on their own terms as a means of being in full control of their destiny as well as remaining relevant to the subjects of their kingdom. Though they were wrong in thinking that glory and self-gratification were most important in life, the lessons that take away from their journeys make their quests for immortality worthwhile. For Gilgamesh, he realizes that if immortality was meant for him, then he would have it regardless of royalty. He also learned that in order to maintain the royalty he did have, he should become a better leader towards his people. He also learns that if you do well in the life you lead and touch others positively, then there is no doubt that you will leave a mark on the hearts of those you have touch long that will remain present long after death. For Monkey, he learned that humility is best and that one cannot expect to be an enlightened being without years of growth development and wisdom. He also learned that once high status is granted, the work does not end at that point. He must continue to grow as a leader in order to achieve and keep his success. The lessons of growth and development in theses two stories are universal and can be applied to all walks of life. I believed that these journeys were necessary for each character to further help them grow as individuals rise among their once disdainful ways.
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