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Friday, October 3, 2014

What Does it Take to be a Hero?

     Gilgamesh is an epic hero because he is strong, wise, thoughtful and selfless. He demonstrates that he is strong when he slays the bull of heaven and Huwana the demon from the underworld. Gilgamesh is also very wise because at the end of the book he realises how important life is, and stops sending boys to war as a result. Most importantly he gets a wife and a child. Lastly I think Gilgamesh is selfless, because in his quest he finds a plant with magical powers that changes a person from old to young, and instead of eating it himself he is wanting to give it to the old people in Uruk. He wanted to do this because he though it was important to have young people with the intelligence of an old person.

     Gilgamesh shows many things about his ancient cultural values, which are worshiping gods, the want for power and fame, and the value for peace. In the book, Gilgamesh worships the gods many times. For example, while preparing for his quest to kill Huwana he sacrificed water to the sun and asking his help in return. The people of Uruk including Gilgamesh all value power and fame. For instance, after Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh goes mad about trying to find immortality. So he can live for ever and rule Uruk and be the most powerful king on earth. Lastly, Gilgamesh and his residents all value peace. In the book Gilgamesh finally comes back from his quest, unsuccessful, but even though that was the case he grew wiser and valued piece as never before. In the book the resident of Uruk also liked the peaceful king because they said “He has changed! How he has changed!”(p.93) 

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