The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Story Of Job Are Both Literary

1677 WordsFeb 20, 20177 Pages
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Story of Job are both literary classics. They have several factors that make them very similar, as well as key points that make them extremely different as well. Both of these stories have factors such as the idea of immortality, relationships, and who they worship as main focal points. However, how they view immortality, their relationships, as well as their religious beliefs separate them. These two works of literature are similar because they both touch on the idea of immortality, and both touch on this due to the loss both main characters experience.The Epic of Gilgamesh touches on the idea of immortality after Gilgamesh loses his best friend Enkidu. The excerpt "From the Epic of Gilgamesh," explains that…show more content…
7-8). God responds with “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place?” (37; 38. 12). This allows Job to accept that there is no such thing as imortality in his religion, and accepts God’s will, for Job cannot understand God’s will. In both the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job they both have strong relationships with other beings. Gilgamesh had a close relationship to his best friend Enkidu. His relationship with Enkidu was so vital to him that he chose him over the beautiful goddess Ishtar. The text explains this, “Gilgamesh spurns the affections of Ishtar, and in revenge, she takes Enkidu 's life.”(23; 18-19). On the other hand, Job’s closest relationship is with God. Even when Job lost his children his faith remained unwavering.The The Book of Job makes this clear, “and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died.” (36; 1;. 9). Job’s response to this was to fall to the ground and worship, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb. And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (36; 1. 21-22). This shows the

More about The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Story Of Job Are Both Literary

Open Document