Gilgamesh And Iliad Comparison

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The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad are two poems that served as key narratives for their respective cultures. They tell lengthy stories with adventures, hero’s, and gods, but in the end both have overbearing themes of man’s fate and man’s relationship to the gods. Both poems aim to show that no matter how reverent one is, everlasting life in not attainable. The poems both draw connections between how one’s actions in this life effect one’s fate. In the Iliad Hectors’ devotion and reverence towards the gods in his lifetime earn him their favor, After having his lifeless body dragged by Achilles in anguish, Apollo reaches out to Hector, “But Apollo,feeling pity for Hector, though he was dead, guarded his skin from any lacerations, covering…show more content…
In the Iliad Achilles is the son of the goddess Thetis. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh is constructed by the gods, “Two thirds they made him god and one third man.” (Gilgamesh 1). The significance of this in both stories is to show, to the reader, that although both are partially divine, even they cannot be granted eternal life. Achilles goes to Troy knowing he is to be killed as mentioned by Dr. McGuire. When Thetis talks to him she tells him, “Death, your powerful fate, is standing close at hand.” (Iliad 162-163). It shows that death truly is his fate even though he is thought to be immortal. Gilgamesh goes on his long journey to meet Utnapishtim whom the gods granted with eternal life, “him alone of men they gave everlasting life.” (Gilgamesh 16). It is a lesson in both stories to the people that they should try their hardest to be good in their life like Hector and receive the favor of the gods, but that is as far as they will get. Gilgamesh even goes as far as to learn the “secret of the gods” form Utnapishtim, “a plant that grows under the water, it has a prickle like a thorn” (Gilgamesh 22). He has it stolen away by a serpent as he sleeps, showing in one defining act, no human however mortal can achieve this everlasting

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