THE SHARED THEME

BETWEEN "THE ODYSSEY" AND "THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH"

PROVING THEIR POWER

Both Odysseus and Gilgamesh constantly need to boast their power and strength. Here are some examples...
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"LEAVE BLOWS ALONE, DO NOT PRESS ME TOO HARD, OR YOU MAY MAKE ME ANGRY SO THAT, OLD AS I AM, I MAY GIVE YOU A BLOODY CHEST AND MOUTH. THEN I COULD HAVE PEACE, AND STILL MORE OF IT TOMORROW, FOR I DO NOT THINK YOU WILL MAKE YOUR WAY BACK HERE A SECOND TIME TO THE HOUSE OF ODYSSEUS, SON OF LAERTES."


Despite Odysseus continuing his journey for the good of others, he still feels the need to prove his strength and power. Even when he is disguised as a beggar, he has to exhibit his name and just how strong he really is.

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"HE WALKS AROUND IN THE ENCLOSURE OF URUK,

LIKE A WILD BULL HE MAKES HIMSELF MIGHTY, HEAD RAISED.

THERE IS NO RIVAL WHO CAN RAISE HIS WEAPON AGAINST HIM."


Unlike Odysseus's selfless nature, Gilgamesh abuses his visible power and arrogance. He is always trying to seem stronger and more important than those in Uruk.

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"I AM GILGAMESH, I KILLED THE GUARDIAN!

I DESTROYED HUMBABA WHO LIVED IN THE CEDAR FOREST,

I SLEW LIONS IN THE MOUNTAIN PASSES!"


Once again, Gilgamesh thinks it is necessary to brag about his feats. No matter the situation, Gilgamesh obsesses over his pride even when he is just merely conversing with the tavern-keeper.