Common Themes

Pride

Pride in Gilgamesh and the odyssey

These two stories main characters Odysseus an Gilgamesh are both powerful and strong men. This usually when pride is most easily detected.

Pride within "Gilgamesh"

A quote by Gilgamesh just shows how full of himself he is."If I should fall, my name will be secure. 'It was Gilgamesh who fought against Humbaba!' It is Gilgamesh who will venture into the Forest and cut down the Cedar to win the glory. My fame will be secure to all my sons."

Another example of Gilgamesh's pride is when Ishtar shows interest in him he pays no attention to her if he is so much better than her. He says "The food and drink of the gods? I have nothing to give her who lacks nothing at all. You are the door through which the cold gets in. You are the fire that goes out. You are the pitch that sticks to the hands of the one who carries the bucket. You are the house that falls down. You are the shoe that pinches the foot of the wearer. The ill-made wall that buckles when time has gone by. The leaky water skin soaking the water skin carrier."

Pride shown in "The Odyssey"

Odysseus shows pride when he says "So they spoke, but could not persuade the great heart in me, but once again in the anger of my heart I cried to him: 'Cyclopes, if any mortal man ever asks you who it was that inflicted upon your eye this shameful blinding, tell him that you were blinded by Odysseus, waster of cities, son of Laertes, whose dwelling is in Ithaca.'" this shows he takes all credit when both the gods and his men were major factors in getting past the cyclops.


Another example is when he was disguised as a peasant. He gets really mad when another man touches him because Odysseus see's himself as better and the peasant man is not worthy enough to touch Odysseus. The Odyssey says "recklessly he lashed out with his heel to the hip, but failed to knock him out of the pathway, for Odysseus stood it, unshaken, while he pondered within him whether to go for him with his cudgel, and take the life from him or pick him up like a jug and break his head on the ground. Yet still he stood it, and kept it all inside him"