Comparing Gilgamesh And Siddhartha

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“Only the gods keep the secret to immortality”. “Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative is similar to Siddhartha, a work by Herman Hess, in terms of both plot elements and characters”. Both literary books present the protagonists of the stories, Gilgamesh and Siddhartha, with an urge to find an answer to life and its meaning. This desire caused by outcomes, drive the main characters to journey out to find their answers. Gilgamesh and Siddhartha both relinquish their frivolous possessions and status to devote their life to seek for answers. Gilgamesh decides to seek for immortality to revive his friend whom he sees as a brother. Before Gilgamesh met Enkidu he thought only of himself with “self-love” and for fulfillment of his own desires, but after Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh was filled with grief. Therefore, Gilgamesh decides to embark on a journey where he would venture into parlous territory leaving his throne and people “He was no more a king, but a man who now had lost his way” (G. p 54). Not knowing where his path leads, Gilgamesh embarks towards the dessert where he hopes to find immortality. Siddhartha before living with Kamala, lived a life of a samana seeking for wisdom in forms of fasting, meditating and patience. During the years alongside Kamala he had acquired wealth and power, yet his past as a samana resurfaced and resulted into a dislike of his way of life “dull was the manner in which his path had passed through life- content with small lustful pleasures and yet

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