The epic of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh





The Epic of Gilgamesh

What is the relationship between the ruled and the ruler?

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem and is the first true master piece of literature. It starts with five Sumerian who are the major narrators and the rulers. From the idea given in the poem, it is evident that the relationship between the ruled and the rulers was of a discouraging nature in the beginning of human history.

The epic of Gilgamesh reflects the unique customs. In the introduction of poem, we find a king who protected people 's lives and improved their condition but later on, we find him as a sexual abuser of his subjects. He is shown as a fanciful and indecisive king as he is ruling the people who try their best to please him but their efforts are never appreciated.

It is clear from the facts in the story that the ruler was using his powers authoritatively; a thing that created misunderstanding and fear between the ruled and the ruler. Gilgamesh is the one who saves the people by sacrificing the bull of heaven and bringing calamity on himself because of the rejection of the goddess. He ends up relating himself with people and saving them from gods.

The infidelity issue affirms that prominent people in the community use their power to torture the poor and the needy. It illustrates that how the people of Mesopotamia believed in sex and hence it connected them to the goddesses, however we see Enkidu, a man who was so inhumane that he seduces a prostitute who successfully makes him human in community. But the people view it as a bad act because they believe that it was not right for a man...