The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Ramayana

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In two ancient classics, we see a clear display of an abuse of power. In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Ramayana, we find protagonists who commit deeds of treachery in the name of slaying a monster. These slayings seem justified at first; however, as we examine them further we find that they are no more than heinous acts in the name of asserting power over the other. Both Gilgamesh and Rama kill monsters in the name of supporting what they believe in, but their beliefs are not always justified. When we closely examine the scenes of the monster slayings in both epics, we find that our that protagonists appear as power hungry war mongers and not the heroes that they claim to be. Both of these “heroes” kill in the name of supporting their own beliefs. For Rama, he kills in the name of subduing women’s sexuality while Gilgamesh kills in the name of claiming resources, particularly cedar trees, for his own. Let’s begin with one of the earliest stories ever written, The Epic of Gilgamesh. In this story, Gilgamesh is king of Uruk; he eventually meets his partner in crime Enkidu, who is a wild man created by the gods to keep Gilgamesh from becoming an oppressive king. After Gilgamesh and Enkidu duke it out and, naturally, become best friends; they decide to go on a conquest for some cedar trees -- like best all best friends do. When they reach the forest, it does not take long until they run across Humbaba. Humbaba, being the guardian of the Cedar forest is not pleased with

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