Epic Of Gilgamesh Friendship Essay

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Throughout history we see that friendship plays a significant role within numerous works of literature. Just when we thought the “bromance” was a recent invention, all one has to do is take a look at a work of literature from any time period to know that the “bromance” is as old as recorded history. This paper is an examination of the theme of friendship and how it reveals character in the relationships between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Dante and Virgil as well as Rama and Lakshmana. At the center of The Epic of Gilgamesh, is the tale of a powerful friendship between Gilgamesh himself and his equal counterpart, Enkidu. When we first begin to read The Epic of Gilgamesh, we see that Gilgamesh’s reign as King of Uruk likens him to a dictator because the people of Uruk beg the gods to save them from his reign. What we see of Gilgamesh at that point, makes it hard to look at his persistence and not see it as an attempt to fill a void within himself. Surpassing all kings, for his stature renowned, heroic offspring of Uruk, a charging wild bull, He leads the way in the vanguard, he marches at the rear, defender of his…show more content…
He faithfully serves Rama and Sita during this time of great hardship. Lakshmana even goes as far as to cut off the nose and ears of Surpanakha's when she tries to covet Rama and insults Sita. When Sita asks Rama to fetch a magical golden deer for her, Rama trusts Lakshmana enough to ask him to stand guard over Sita, Rama’s beloved wife, as he sensed danger and evil. The relationship between Rama and Lakshmana is so strong that Rama is not even angry at Lakshmana for leaving Sita alone which leads to her capture by Ravana. Instead the two brothers, whose love for each other was forged long before any woman came in to the picture, focus their fury and rage on the finding to person who captured

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