The Epic Of Gilgamesh, By Harry Potter Essay

1656 Words Nov 18th, 2014 7 Pages
Heroes typically have the characteristics of being strong and fearless. The ancient hero Gilgamesh had these ideals in the story the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in Western Asia in 2000 B.C.E. Even though these ideals are present, they are not as evident in the hero Harry Potter from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series written in the 21st century. However, in almost every book, no matter what the culture or time period are, the same basic themes of character traits, power and death recur. Even though these topics have become more complicated in modern-day books, the same basic principles are still applicable to the Epic of Gilgamesh.
There are many similarities between these stories even though they were written in drastically different time periods and the stories are set in separate cultures. These two stories were written about 4,000 years apart. The Epic of Gilgamesh was written in Mesopotamia in South East Asia while Harry Potter was written in London, England in Europe. The difference in cultures and time periods suggests that the stories as well as the characters within the stories will not be exactly the same, but they still share similarities. In the case of Harry Potter and Gilgamesh, it is obvious that these characters have different characteristics and traits. Both characters reflect a level of divineness, but Harry is more noble and humble, while Gilgamesh is more narcissistic and self-centered. Gilgamesh is more than willing to have his way with any woman at any…

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