The Epic of Gilgamesh Discussion Board
For this assignment, you will answer each question below by writing a paragraph of 5-7 sentences per question, for a total of three paragraphs. (90 points)
Compare and contrast Gilgamesh and Enkidu and explain why, in your opinion, they become such close friends.
What role do the women play in The Epic of Gilgamesh? Are they important to the plot? Be specific.
Define a theme (there are many) in The Epic of Gilgamesh and cite specific examples from the story that point to the theme you have chosen.
Myth: a legendary or a traditional story that usually concerns an event or a hero, with or without using factual or real explanations, particularly concerning demigods or deities, and describing some rites, practices, and natural phenomenon; typically, a myth involves historical events and supernatural beings.
Plot: the sequence of events that make up a story, whether it’s told, written, filmed, or sung; the plot is the story, and more specifically, how the story develops, unfolds, and moves in time
Theme: a main idea or central concern of the story that explores any facet of the human condition; examples of theme are many, but consider the following: love, loss, joy, death, birth, suffering, hope, despair, power, corruption, self-discovery, courage, etc.
The Great Flood Discussion Board
For this assignment, write an 8-10 sentence paragraph comparing and contrasting the great flood narratives in The Epic of Gilgamesh and in Genesis. Cite specific examples from each story to highlight the similarities and differences between these two narratives
Metaphor: a common figure of speech that makes a comparison by directly relating one thing to another unrelated thing. Unlike similes, metaphors do not use words such as “like” or “as” to make comparisons. The writer or speaker relates the two unrelated things that are not actually the same, and the audience understands that it’s a comparison, not a literal equation. The word comes from a Latin phrase meaning “to carry across,” and a metaphor does just that—it carries a shared quality or characteristic across two distinct things.
Narrative: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.