Beowulf And Gilgamesh Research Paper

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Midterm Examination #2 “Gilgamesh” and “Beowulf” are both epic novels that give a drive for the hero to obtain a goal. The goal may be different for both heroes but it is their ambition to obtain the goal that encapsulates the action and incidents of the epic. Gilgamesh was not a god of great ethics. He was approached for his cruelty to the people of his land by a wild man named Enkidu. The two men fought and then became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu caused anger amongst the gods and were cursed. Because of the curse, Enkidu became severely sick and died. This causes Gilgamesh deep sorrow for his friend and also fears for his own life. Thus the adventure begins. Gilgamesh went on a journey to find out how he may become immortal and never have to worry about his own fate. Gilgamesh meets a lady named Siduri. She directs him to where the sun rises. So Gilgamesh takes his journey toward the sun and there he finds Urshanabi. Then Gilgamesh tries very hard to stay away but instead falls into a deep sleep and has a nightmare about the angry gods. Gilgamesh wakens and goes to the bottom of a watering hole to retrieve a plant that will make him immortal. The plant is then stolen by a sneak and Gilgamesh’s journey was an “epic fail”.…show more content…
Grendel would kill dozens of Danes every night and then take their bodies back to his lair and eat on them as a snack. Beowulf came to save the Danes from Grendel, the torturous descendent of Cain. Beowulf fought and defeated Grendel, tearing him from limb to limb. Grendel ran back home to his mother, fatally wounded and died. This caused his mother to become vengeful and she set out for revenge. Beowulf again defeated the angry mother of Grendel and the Geats and Danes returned to celebrate their

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