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The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Adam Hess

on 28 October 2012

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Transcript of The Epic of Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh: He is an omnipotent and terrifying leader who rapes the wives of his nobles and who will sacrifice his warriors whenever he feels like it, and who just does and takes whatever he wants from his people. Introduction to Ordinary World Tommy Boy: Tommy was a fairly unintelligent college student who only graduated after he was there for seven years. Upon his return home, he had an executive job waiting for him at his father's auto parts factory. Similarities: Both characters were used to living their lives where they were either handed everything because they had a wealthy father, or because they were part god and could take whatever they wanted. The Call to Adventure Gilgamesh: The call to action in the epic of Gilgamesh is when he is having dreams that fortell the arrival of Enkidu. Tommy Boy: In Tommy Boy, the call for action happens when Tommy's father, Big Tom Callahan drops dead from a stroke while dancing at his wedding reception. Similarities: Both characters have to face something that is very close to themselves and that is very personal and difficult to deal with. Refusal of the Call Gilgamesh: Unable to interpret the meanings of his dreams, he looks to his mother for help. She tells him that his dreams show that he will fail in his future. He does not believe this ans is in denial because he has never failed before. Tommy Boy: While in the board meeting with the bank to discuss the future of the company, Tommy questions whether he will be able to sell the new brake pads. Similarities: Both of these characters are in denial about the possible failure that they themselves or their communities could face. Meeting with the Mentor Gilgamesh: The wise mentor that helps Gilgamesh through his difficult times is his mother who is part goddess. Tommy Boy: The wise mentor in Tommy Boy who helps Tommy throughout his journey in Richard who was Big Tom's right-hand-man and who was very knowledgeable on the brake pads. Similarities: In both stories, the mentor is someone that is close to the heroes, and someone who has more knowledge on the subject than the hero himself does. Crossing the Threshold Gilgamesh: The portion of the epic where Gilgamesh crosses the first threshold is when himself and Enkidu first enter the forest before they go to battle with Humbaba. Tommy Boy: When Tommy and Richard first go out on the road to begin to start selling brake pads, they cross the threshold into the auto parts world. Similarities: Both of the heroes enter into the threshold with a partner that will help them throughout their journey. Also, both of them are entering into a world that they are unfamiliar with. Tests, Allies, Enemies Gilgamesh: The entire journey that Gilgamesh faces from the time he sets out is wrought with challenges from the battle with Humbaba to dealing with the complete isolation after the death of Enkidu. Tommy Boy: Tommy's journey is no easy one because he knows nothing about selling brake pads, and he is charged with the task of trying to sell 500,000 of them to savvy business men who have been in the auto parts industry for many years. Similarities: Both of the heroes have to face and overcome many challenges throughout the course of their journey to be able to fulfill what they set out to accomplish. Approach to the Innermost Cave Gilgamesh: In the epic of Gilgamesh, the innermost cave is the sea with the "Waters of Death" that he must cross in order to reach Utnapishtim, the object of his quest. In his approach he must prepare a boat by cutting down trees to make poles so that he can cross. Tommy Boy: The innermost cave in Tommy Boy is when he is beginning to sell brake pads, and when he is starting to hit his stride. It is at this time that reaches his goal of selling half a million brake pads. Similarities: Both of the characters find out that they have reached their goals with the help of other people along the way. The most difficult part of their journey seems to be over now, and they appear to have succeeded. The Supreme Ordeal Gilgamesh: When Gilgamesh is on the sea with the "Waters of Death" he is tested and his great strength breaks all of the 120 poles that he had made. Tommy Boy: The supreme ordeal that takes place in Tommy Boy is when Paul sabotages all of the orders in the computer so that the shipments all get messed up and many buyers cancel. Similarities: Both of the characters have a difficult challenge that was unexpected, but one in which they still need to overcome to be able to reach their final goal. Seizing the Sword, Reward Gilgamesh: The seizing of the reward in this epic is when he ties stones to his feet and dives down into the lake to retrieve the plant of immortality which was later stolen by a snake. Tommy Boy: The seizing of the reward in this movie is when Tommy straps the road flares to his chest to pose as a suicide bomber to get into the board meeting in Chicago at the headquarters for Zalinsky Auto Parts. He then goes on to smooth talk his way into getting Zalinsky to buy the 500,000 brake pads he needed. Similarities: In the end both of the heroes get what they had set out for in the first place. Tommy got the half a million brake pads sold and Gilgamesh got the elixir that he wanted although it was stolen from him The Road Back
Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh begins his road back when he emerges from the bottom of the lake with the magical plant that will give him immortality. Tommy Boy: The road back in Tommy Boy is when the workers of the factory see him on TV signing the deal with Zalinsky, and they all knew that he had saved their jobs. Similarities: Both heroes have now accomplished their goal and they can now return to their ordinary worlds. Resurrection Gilgamesh: When Gilgamesh meets the man that does not know who Enkidu is, he snaps back into reality and he is returned to his ordinary world and he then returns home to Uruk. Tommy Boy: In Tommy Boy, the resurrection occurs when Tommy returns to the factory in Sandusky Ohio and is greeted by the grateful and cheering factory workers. Similarities: Both Tommy and Gilgamesh are returned to the world that we originally see them in in the beginning of the story, Return With the Elixir Gilgamesh: The return with the elixir in this epic is when Gilgamesh returns to Uruk with the knowledge of mortality and with a new appreciation for human life. He now accepts his mortality and is able to use this to be a better person and leader. Tommy Boy: The return with the elixir in Tommy Boy is when he comes back to his factory with the knowledge about break pads and how to sell them, but also with a new found maturity that he had been unknowingly searching for all along. Similarities: In both of these stories, the elixir is not a tangible object but the knowledge that they learned throughout their journey which they can now apply to their lives.
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