Analysis Of ' Odysseus ' And ' Epic Of Gilgamesh '

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Teresa Kilcrease
English 2205
Dr. Paquette
Hero or Zero
Sept. 16, 2014

Odysseus and Gilgamesh
When you think of someone who is a hero, what traits come to mind? A hero can often be described as someone who portrays heroic qualities such as strength, endurance, unselfishness and obedience. Both Odysseus in the Homers “Odyssey” and Gilgamesh in the “Epic of Gilgamesh” have the characteristics of strength and endurance, but Gilgamesh does not seem to act like a hero and I will tell you why. Odysseus, who is the son of Laertes, is described as a great warrior or a “cunning hero.” (Homer p. 227) He has strength and physical courage, but he also has brains. (Homer p. 227) Odysseus fought in the Trojan War and is eager to return home to his family in Ithaca but he is trapped on a luxurious island of the nymph Calyspso. (Homer p. 227) He has a wife Penelope and a son Telemachus who was just an infant when his father left. The story takes place ten years after the Trojan War. Gilgamesh, who is the son of the goddess Ninsun, is the shape of a wild cow, and of a human father named Lugalbanda. Gilgamesh means “the offspring is a hero” (The Epic of Gilgamesh p. 95) and he is the ruler and King of Uruk who is described as “a powerful King and an awe-inspiring warrior.” (The Epic of Gilgamesh p.95) and “There is no one more mighty than he.” (The epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet one, p.102) The story is said to have taken place around 2700 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh is a man who is on a

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