Comparing The Flood To The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Many people know the story of Noah and the Flood but they are also unaware of how similar it is to the Epic of Gilgamesh. Both the Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah and the Flood share the same theme. However, it is the differences between these two cultures that make the similarities of the story seem most interesting. The Epic of Gilgamesh was written during Mesopotamian times and focuses solely on the Babylonian culture. In this Epic, the story of Gilgamesh and his hunt for immorality is depicted. Gilgamesh was very powerful and the goddess Aruru believed he was a threat. Aruru then created Enkidu to strike down Gilgamesh. However, instead of making Gilgamesh less powerful, Enkidu encouraged Gilgamesh. Because of the misfortunes that he got into with Gilgamesh, Enkidu was sentenced to death and killed.…show more content…
Because Utnapishtim was the only mortal to become a god, Gilgamesh sought his help and wisdom. Utnapishtim begins to tell the story of the flood that the god Enlil unleased on the Earth to destroy humankind. In Utnapishtim’s tale, he tells of how the gods met in a secret council and Enlil declared that he was going to send a flood to destroy humankind. Ea, the god of water, spoke to the walls and warned Utnapishtim of the flood and directed him to build a boat. Once the flood waters resided, Enlil was furious because he did not succeed in destroying all of humankind. Not only was Enlil furious, but the gods were furious at Enlil because they claimed that they did not agree upon the flood and not everyone deserved to
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