The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

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Upon analyzing the two very distinct yet similar cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia and Greece, one can tell that the idolization of the “ideal hero” and their culture orientated traits played an integral role in the structure of each civilization. A civilization can be described as an organizing principle that implies common institution, social structures and values that can extend over space and time (lecture). The said cultures above both contain stories that have transcended centuries, giving people a special insight into these ancient civilizations, and how their values have been passed down and evolved over time. The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey are both considerable representations of not only their unique cultures that set the very foundation of both civilization and storytelling, but also for their similar and different aspects of what they considered to be a hero. The most familiar structure to mythological stories such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey is that of a “tragic plot”. A tragic plot is a perfect plot that is connected by causes and effects, and is built upon (lecture, Ancient Greek Tragedy). Tragic plots are usually associated with heroic stories due to their set structure on how the hero’s journey should go in order to be considered tragic; this kind of plot is also known in literature as an epic. An epic always meets three important criteria: celebrates the deeds of legendary heroes, plot depicts the struggles of a protagonist in
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