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What are the similarities and differences between Iliad and The Epic...

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Posted January 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM via web

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What are the similarities and differences between Iliad and The Epic of Gilgamesh?

This is my mid term paper

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 20, 2011 at 7:11 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a very interesting question to think about. Of course, one of the major similarities you will want to focus on is the way in which both of these incredible works of literature are true epics, in every sense of the word. Both focus on epic heroes and their mighty deeds, but also their human weaknesses. Likewise the heroes have to undergo challenges and conflicts as part of their quest or struggle. Lastly, both works of literature are epics in that they summarise or convey a particular culture's characteristics from one generation to the next.

However, thinking of the differences between these two works, The Iliad is of course set during the Trojan War, and arguably contains many heroes that could be considered to be "epic." This is in contrast to Gilgamesh, who is trying to find immortality and is forced to confront his own mortality on his journey. Likewise in The Iliad, the war is waged by humans, but the pantheon of gods and goddesses take sides and have a big impact on the outcome. This is different for Gilgamesh, who is not strictly "human" himself.

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