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Are there any comparable figures between The Epic of Gilgamesh and contemporary...

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genovevajaquez | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM via web

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Are there any comparable figures between The Epic of Gilgamesh and contemporary literature or life?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM (Answer #3)

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The characters of Gilgamesh and Enkidu have a special relation to one another. This is true when speaking entirely practically as the two men are both "part god" and "part man" and are not born via natural birth. They are brothers and they are even twins, of a sort. 

However, the other level of their relation - the symbolic relation - is equally important and is easier to use as the basis for comparisons to contemporary literature. 

Gilgamesh is tempered by Enkidu and the two fight side by side against forces of opposition and of nature. We can see a similar relationship in Batman and Robin, the famous super-hero duo. Robin tempers Batman and humanizes him and the two fight against supernatural and natural opponents. 

Other pairs that fit the same symbolic relationship include Ishmael and Quequeg (Moby Dick) and George and Lennie (Of Mice and Men). 


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comeonannoying | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM (Answer #2)

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hunger games !

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