Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Topics for Discussion

Bernarda Bryson Shahn
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1. Old epics are noted for being highly imaginative. They often possess, however, a considerable proportion of realism. Which episodes in Gilgamesh seem the most realistic, especially in terms of the credibility of the motivation behind important actions?

2. Which of the characters appears to be the most sympathetic and most deserving of the reader's concern? What are the best reasons for this choice?

3. Why does Gilgamesh persist in his quest for eternal life despite all the hardships and words of discouragement? Is his search justified in light of the events and people he encounters?

4. Why does Gilgamesh not immediately consume the "magic weed" so as to regain his youth? Are his motives selfless, or does he hope to gain even more fame and glory when he returns to Uruk?

5. What purposes are served by the dreams that appear in the narrative? Are they merely devices to arouse or...

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