The Common Theme in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, & Hamlet

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"Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death. . ." - King Claudius, Hamlet

  • This quote is talking about Hamlet's father's death which is talked about throughout the entire play.

"Now you are afraid of death—

what has become of your bold strength?" - Gilgamesh, The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Gilgamesh was not afraid to die, however, Enkidu was and Gilgamesh was trying to let him know he needed to be brave and unafraid. Gilgamesh is afraid of dying after he says this and Enkidu dies, but later on realizes that he needs to be strong and realizes that death is natural.

"Whichever one death fells

must deem it a just judgement by God." - Beowulf, Beowulf

  • Beowulf wanted to explain that death comes to everyone eventually. Like Beowulf says, he also ends up dying at the very end of the story.