The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by N.K. Sandars and Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson

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Throughout history, there have been countless stories, legends, myths, and tales featuring larger-than-life heroes that metaphorically or even physically go to the ends of the earth achieving heroic feats and gathering companions along the way, each playing their own role in the hero's story. Many of these epics have the same plot structure and similar character archetypes that make these stories stand out from the rest, giving them a distinct and unique style. The story The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by N.K. Sandars and the film Mel Gibson's Braveheart are two classic sagas that are alike in many ways such as their similar plots, their general character archetypes, and finally their central theme. In comparison, both The Epic of …show more content…
After the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh laments for seven days and seven nights before departing on a journey to achieve everlasting life and defy the God's curse of mortality upon men. In Braveheart¸ the Scottish hero William Wallace loses his father and older brother to an English ambush at a very young age. He is taken abroad by his uncle Argyle and taught Latin and French as well as how to fight with a sword. Upon his return to his clan in Scotland, he falls in love with his childhood love Murron MacClannaugh. They marry in secret to avoid the right of Prima Nocta, where the English lord has all sexual rights with the bride on the first night of union. Wallace attempts to live a peaceful life of a farmer without having any conflict with the English. This dream is shattered when he fights off a group of English guards trying to rape his wife. As they try to escape, Murron is captured and publically executed by the Sheriff . After slitting her throat, he announces "an assault on the King's soldiers is the same as an assault on the King himself."(Gibson, 1995). After learning of Murron's death, Wallace and a group of villagers attack the English fort and kill off the entire Garrison. Wallace executes the Sheriff in the same manner that the Sheriff murdered his wife. After this daring assault, hundreds of Scots and Irish rush to join Wallace's militia as he continues his campaign to liberate