History about Gilgamesh – Outline
Thesis statement – three episodes from the epic of Gilgamesh and the significance of the gods
in people lives.
Episodes from the Epic of Gilgamesh on how the gods are important to the people lives
The way Gilgamesh is concerned with immortality
My opinion on whether the gods in the epic are benevolent or malevolent beings
History about Gilgamesh
In the epic of Gilgamesh, various characters have been introduced playing roles that are linked to
human, gods and the environment. There are incidences of coexistence where each one of them
requires the other to be what it looks like. It was discovered in 1853 though there are various
versions that have been intruded later through research. Epic of Gilgamesh has brought out gods
being supreme creatures that have control over nature and the human themselves and that destroy
even the mighty and powerful beings like Gilgamesh. In this piece of work, there will be a focus
on three incidences that show the significance of gods in the lives of people as well as illustrate
the benevolent nature in them.
In tablet one, Gilgamesh, who has both the abilities of human being and god, is
introduced as the king of Uruk. In this tablet, there is an indication that people are not contented
with the way he is ruling. Gilgamesh is oppressing the people to the extent that people wish that
the gods would finish him because of unbearable pain that they go through. According to this
ruler, no single young man was to marry before he sleeps with the brides. Whenever people tried
to join hands and stop the oppression, the mighty Gilgamesh would take punish them solely to
the extent of destroying them to death. Gilgamesh used to make young men laborers with no
food to weaken them so that they are unable to overthrow him (Abusch 618). The oppression
went on for quite some time to an extent where they wanted gods to intervene and rescue them.
Though not instantly, the gods responded to their cries through another human being
called Enkidu. Enkidu was living in the wilderness with the animals implying that the oppression
by Gilgamesh could not affect him in any way. Enkidu was known due to his ability of uprooting
traps meant for persons who had ill intentions of cutting down the cedar forest. In the cedar
forest was the home of the gods meaning that they it was a must to be protected. Enkidu was
uncivilized and the Shamhat who was a prosti...
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