From the Homeric epics of antiquity to Shakespeare’s plays in the seventeenth century stories have long been used as a way to express commentary on and examine societal issues. Today’s social commentary becomes even more dynamic as we now also use visual mediums such as television and movies as ways to convey these stories and they often work in conjunction with literature via adaptations. Perhaps the greatest illustration of this cross market, storytelling are comic book adaptations as seen with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which spans across not only movies, but has expanded to also include multiple television shows. Last April, Marvel’s years of story building that spread over multiple movies came to a head with the blockbuster …show more content…
The narrative device of Project Insight correlates with fears over domestic spying and in film this is taken to the next level as it’s revealed to be part of a larger plot of the movie’s villain Alexander Pierce to kill thousands. The idea of control over the national security apparatus is weaved throughout the movie and is one of the central themes throughout “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, and I agree with the belief that the narrative neglects the pertinent question of whether or not we should even have and use these technologies to begin with (Rosenberg). Another point from the article that really digs in at some of the failings of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” relates back to the concept of trust in the main characters. We are supposed to be fine with Fury 's choice to shoot Pierce because we trust him. And when Steve, Romanoff, and Fury send the Project Insight helicarriers into deadly crashes, we are not supposed to be bothered by the massive, indiscriminate loss of life they just caused both because they are our heroes, and because the movie tells us that everyone on board is a bad guy. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at least avoids the destruction so many blockbusters visit on major cities with
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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient artifact from Sumerian literature. There actually was a King in Sumer by the name of Gilgamesh, who lived at about 2700 BC. The Epic casts Gilgamesh as a ruler and great hero and cast as being part man and part god. The story has Gilgamesh set off with a companion in search of cedar wood to bring back to their woodless land. His companion is killed during a violent storm. The Sumerian Epic blames the death upon the storm god, Enlil. Gilgamesh then searches for the plant that restores youth, a recurring theme throughout centuries of literature. The Epic concludes with Gilgamesh dying.
Symbols are often used in literary works as a way to represent complex ideas. Water is a great example of a symbol that was often used in ancient literary pieces. It is regularly used to represent not only birth but also death. It is the very essence of water that makes it so significant. Water is a necessity for life and was one of the very first things that God put on Earth well before anything living. It is a mysterious matter that holds many secrets. While it’s surface many times appears calm and tranquil, its depths hold many secrets and mysterious unknowns. It is because water can mean so many different things that it used so much to symbolize important things in literary pieces. In both the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, water
In Greek literature, the character Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh and Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer can be compared by their similar journeys and differing heroic qualities.
The stories of epic heroes remain important to many cultures, the Greeks in particular. These tales of heroic men not only entertain, but they teach people about morals and values that most epic heroes exemplify, such as intelligence and bravery. To be an epic hero, characters are usually highly born, favored by the gods, perform great deeds, and have flaws. These tales are told in heightened style and occur in grand settings. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, meets these traits and is considered a prime example of an epic hero. His story is told in Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad. However, Odysseus’s journey sets him apart from other epic heroes. Most heroes follow the hero’s journey, in which a hero begins in the ordinary world, is called
The Iliad, Odyssey, and Epic of Gilgamesh all demonstrate the transformational process of their respective epic heroes through their strengths and weaknesses. Epic heroes such as Achilles, Odysseus, and Gilgamesh all possessed superior qualities that separated them from other individuals. Although their incredible abilities may support the societal perception of strong leadership, their weaknesses caused these characters to hold vices that went against the cultural expectations of what a strong leader should be. Furthermore, they all shared similar experiences in terms of undergoing a difficult situation and changing their approach in an effort for redemption. This paper will be examining the virtues of these epic heroes and the
The Odyssey, written in 725 BCE. in Greece is a tale of a great warrior Odysseus, trying to return home to his wife after fighting a great war. The Epic of Gilgamesh, written earlier in 2700 B.C. in Mesopotamia, is the tale of a King Gilgamesh who goes on a quest to find immortality. Throughout these two epics’ both Gilgamesh and Odysseus are required to fight for their survival. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk has to fight Humbaba, a giant beast who is the guardian of the Cedar Forest. While Odysseus lands in the island of the Cyclopes and is trapped in a cave with a giant.
Lance Armstrong once said, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever”. This quote resembles that one of the most important qualities of a hero is persevering through rugged obstacles. As the quote refers to time, Odysseus’s journey took 20 years to accomplish and throughout it he faced many trials, showing how great heroes are made up of those trials in life. Throughout the Odyssey written by Homer, Odysseus journeys home to Ithaca and throughout the journey, he gains qualities of an epic hero by facing and overcoming numerous challenges.
The definition of a hero has evolved over time through both written word and human experiences, so what is a hero? In the two epic passages "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and Homer's "Odyssey", "heroism" appears to be a clear distinction with the literature, and has the same basic framework as today’s definition of a hero. Historically, in the texts, heroes such as Gilgamesh and Odysseus are protagonists viewed and credited with great bravery and most certainly heroism. Nearly all of the heroic figures throughout time, both fictitious and living and are viewed as a protagonist in their own epic challenge or struggle when looked back upon. Though many core elements of histories hero are found in today’s and it is epic passages such as Odysseus and Gilgamesh that have played a part in shaping the characteristics and actions that shape today’s qualities of a modern hero.
In this argument essay, it consists of three texts: The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, and Beowulf. During each of the characters ' journey, they face challenges such as fighting with monsters and with that they either develop a greater sense of mortality or a greater sense of identity. Mortality and identity are common themes in an epic that portrays the importance of character development from the effects of their heroic actions. Some epics result in mortality which means they know that they live to die, while others result in identity which is when they live to discover their own identity. Mortality is developed more effectively in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Beowulf, and identity is shown in The Odyssey. Monsters in these epics that
In today’s society, many humans define themselves by various means. How others perceive them, personality traits, profession, and tangible assets often define individuals. Others use intangible characteristics and their believe system in God or a god/gods. As we age and experience life, many people change the way they define themselves. Throughout the “Epic of Gilgamesh”, “Oedipus the King”, “The Odyssey”, and “Beowulf”, the readers notice how society defines each main character by their heroic characteristics, the relationship between the humans and the divine, and the differences of how each hero’s journey ends.
People have been telling stories of noble heroes, great kings, and hideous monsters for millennia. In fact one of the world’s first great works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, is one such story. This story about the demigod king of Uruk, Gilgamesh, was written on clay tablets in Mesopotamia around 2100 B.C.E. (Ziolkowski 2007). The story begins with Gilgamesh, a power-abusing tyrant. “He takes the young men of Uruk for his army and the young women for his bed” (Freeman 2012). Having nowhere else to turn, the people of Uruk cry to the rulers of Heaven, and in response, they create the wild man, Enkidu to fight Gilgamesh. The confrontation ends, and the king and the wild man become closer than brothers out of mutual respect. Together, they fight
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odysseus both are poems that have since early times been viewed as stories that teach the reader valuable life lessons, almost like a self-help book in today’s society. They both teach a lot of the same general lessons but there are some key similarities and differences throughout both works. Such as perseverance, and the inevitability of death are both lessons that are taught in each poem but they are presented to the reader through different interpretations. In the Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey there are two main characters both viewed as heroic figures in which the develop a greater knowledge of human mankind and immorality.
An epic is an extensive narrative poem celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero. There are several main characteristics that make up an epic as a literary genre. First is that, it contains an epic hero, its hero searches for immortality (but doesn't find it physically, only through fame), it delivers an historical message, it is a long poem that tells a story, and the gods or other supernatural beings are interested and involved. The Epic of Gilgamesh is classified as an epic because it fits all the characteristics of an epic as a literary genre.
For centuries, tales of legends and heroic figures were written in Greece. These tales were about everything from the conquering of unknown lands to the quarrels of god-like beings. Although, these legends are widely praised for bravery in fearless leaders , Ancient Greeks had another theme of importance. Tales such as The Odyssey focused on heroes that still possesed fatal flaws and were forced to accept their imperfections. In this way, the hero learns to embody excellence in all things including their already given strength in battle, this is key component of most heroic characters, Greek writers believed that a true heroic figure must well rounded in all aspects. The Odyssey illustrates Odysseus’s journey to his homeland, but at the same time also contained his personal journey to excellence. Throughout his voyage, the epic portrays the motif of overcoming hubris as an action of becoming a humble and well rounded leader. Odysseus gained the skills that he needed in order to help the people of his city Ithaca, grow as well. This ideology remains true today in the sense that a leader must possesses excellence in all qualities in order to make the country in which he rules excellent; today society’s citizens must follow a leader like Odysseus. When a leader possesses arete that then influences the community he leads to embody those same traits as well.
In the epics The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad, heroes Achilles and Gilgamesh have important relationships with characters that directly and indirectly give readers a look at the character we might not normally see. For the mighty demi-god Achilles, this is the warrior Patroclus, whom he has a great respect for. For the tyrannical King Gilgamesh, this was Enkidu, the hairy man sent by the gods. The relationships that these characters have with their companions open these characters up for readers, and can show the characters in a whole new light. We see tenderness and emotional vulnerability that is uncharacteristic to these characters. Despite there being many things that can be compared in the relationships between these hero’s, there is also a lot that separates them. Unlike Gilgamesh with Enkidu, Achilles does not need Patroclus to understand himself as a person, and does not change his characteristics a great deal before his death. Whereas the tyrannical, brutal King Gilgamesh ends up being someone looked at as a very wise, kind, heroic king, after Enkidu comes into his life and Gilgamesh’s true self is revealed.