Textual Analysis of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible
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A Textual Analysis of Genesis and the Epic of Gilgamesh
The stories of the floods found in both Gilgamesh and Genesis contain many striking similarities that are inevitably beyond mere coincidence. One could surmise that both of these stories might have a basis in common historical occurrence. However, despite the fact that both of these works discuss a common topic, the portrayal of this event is quite different. Like identical twins raised in different cultures, the expressions of these works are products of their environment.
The focus of this analysis is on Genesis (chapter 7) and Gilgamesh (lines 1 - 25). These two different passages will be analyzed to relate each document and how the author's worldview shapes his…show more content… This is manifested in the pleasure that they derive from the pitiful condition of mankind.
Another prevalent character flaw is the disharmony among the gods. The description of the gods during the flood aptly illustrates how imperfect these beings are. This is found in the line "Even the gods were terrified at the flood, they fled to the highest heaven." A truly powerful being such as these gods should never experience such a humanistic quality such as fear. Another problem stems from the fact that the gods are in disagreement on how to handle the mortals. The great god decided to destroy the world because he is missing out on sleepy time. As a mortal, this paints a grim view on what to expect out of your daily prayers. This worldview seems to paint a world full of misery and despair. This atmosphere dramatically affected the style and content in which Gilgamesh was written. These themes of disorganization and futility run deep throughout Gilgamesh and seemingly stem from the fact that the gods possess the tragic character flaws of mortals.
In Genesis, however, we see a more organized and focused, almighty God. Although the passage depicts His wrath, He is still viewed as fair and just. The Hebrew God is viewed as someone who has admirable traits and is respected. Despite the fact that he is basically flushing his beloved creations down the toilet, the Jewish author still represents god as justified in his decision.
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