The Epic of Gilgamesh and Oryx and Crake. Essay

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The more thought that is put into the true nature of human beings, the clearer the realization seems to be that as a species, humans are inclined to challenge limits that are thought to be understood and transcend set boundaries. This truth of human nature is quite effectively revealed in both The Epic of Gilgamesh and the novel Oryx and Crake. The Epic of Gilgamesh reveals more about the human disposition to push mortal boundaries. It explores the desire to challenge religious boundaries, which hold extreme repercussions, as well as fears that were faced when dealing with the truth of human mortality. Oryx and Crake, on the other hand, deals more with the human desire to attain eternal youth, and the moral boundaries that are pushed and …show more content…
It is through this desire to transcend understood boundaries of others, and the outer world, that Gilgamesh comes to engage in battle with Humbaba. Once paired with his equal, Enkidu, he believes that they now have the combined strength and courage to take on the guardian of the Gods' forest. However, this encounter is not desired out of necessity for protection or expansion, but Gilgamesh comes to explain that “the gods dwell forever in the sun, people's days are numbered, whatever they attempt is a puff of air...I'll establish my name: “Gilgamesh, who joined battle with fierce Humbaba.”” He also explains to Enkidu that the the monster is evil, and it would be a great justice to rid the land of the creature. In spite of these justifications, there is no evidence in the text to point to any wrongdoings to Uruk at the hands of Humbaba. Furthermore, the creature was put there by the Gods as a guardian to the forest. So, despite Gilgamesh's reasoning, it appears after inspection that his desire to face Humbaba in battle is driven by nothing more than his

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