Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Essay & Project Ideas

Bernarda Bryson Shahn
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1. How does the story line of Gilgamesh compare with those of later heroic tales such as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid? Can at least some of the roots of the classical myths be detected in this epic?

2. Bryson calls Gilgamesh "man's first story." Which of the standard elements of fiction (theme, plot, and characterization) appear most strongly in this text? Can they be evaluated usefully?

For example, is the plot clear? Is the characterization realistic? Does the setting seem genuine?

3. Compare the myths and stories found in Gilgamesh with stories in the Bible. How similar is the tale of Utnapishtim to that of Noah and the Flood? Both Enkidu and Adam were formed from clay by a deity. Are there other similarities between the two texts?

4. Many readers have pointed out that the fears, hopes, and attitudes seen in Gilgamesh are still present...

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