Gilgamesh and Odysseus

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Heroes and Their Pride

It seems as though every character that is seen has a hero also has a down side, for most that is pride.

1) "He (god) has given you unexampled supremacy over the people, victory in battle......"
This is a quote given about Gilgamesh. It is only natural for a sense of pride to kick in when one is being told that that will rule people and have victory over everything.

2) "But all the gods pitied him except Poseidon; he remained relentlessly angry with godlike Odysseus...."
Odysseus unlike Gilgamesh was completely human. He did however have consistent interaction with the gods and goddess. Poseidon may have been a little bitter towards Odysseus, but it is obvious that Odysseus acted as though he was a god and took pride in his relationship with the gods.

3) "I am Gilgamesh, I killed the Guardian!I destroyed Humbaba who lived in the Cedar Forest,I slew lions in the mountain passes!I grappled with the Bull that came down from heaven, and killed him."
Again it is seen here with Gilgamesh that he is being prideful in the fact it was with the help of Enkidu they were able to defeat Humbaba. It seems as though he wanted praise for this act but instead he ends up losing a loved one.
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