Common Theme

Love is a powerful driving force

(Gilgamesh) Gilgamesh's starts his friendship with Enkidu

Gilgamesh bent his knees, with his other foot on the ground,
his anger abated and he turned his chest away.
[…]
They kissed each other and became friends. (2.103-109, 129)


*This is the start of Gilgamesh's transformation from when he first meets Enkidu.*

(Gilgamesh) After the Death of Enkidu

"Should my heart not be wretched, my features not haggard?
Should there not be sadness deep within me? …

My friend, whom I love deeply, who went through every hardship with me,
Enkidu, whom I love deeply, who went through every hardship with me,
the fate of mankind has overtaken him." (10.47-48, 52-63)


*After the death of Enkidu Gilgamesh no longer cares for his appearance and grieves for his friend*

(The Odyssey) Calypso's Love

"I loved him, I too care of him, I even told him I'd make him immortal and ageless all of his days." (5.134-136)


*Calypso explains her love for Odysseus, her love is the driving force that keeps him on the island*

(The odyssey) Odysseus speaks of his want to go home

"She's only human, and you are a goddess, Eternally young. Still, I want to go back. My heart aches for the day I return to my home." (5. 218-220)


*Even though Odysseus is on an island with the beautiful Calypso, his heart is still with Penelope*

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