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Gilgamesh vs. Noah: The Clash of THeir Flood Quests

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Devin Clementi

on 25 October 2012

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By: Devin Clementi and Gavin Foo Gilgamesh vs. Noah:
The Clash of Their Flood Quests Intro Gilgamesh's Epic saw the gods become angered by humanity for making too much noise, prompting them to bring about a flood to destroy all humans. Flood In both stories the man is told to build a boat/ark to save them, their family, and animals Quest Thanks Guys! Hope you enjoyed it Each story was based around a flood brought on by the God(s) in order to punish humanity. The story of Noah saw God become disappointed in humanity for being evil and decided it was best to bring about a flood to destroy it. Similarities Differences Gods In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim is told by Ea in a dream to build a boat In Genesis, Noah is told by God to build an ark to save him and his family The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis have so much similar. The stories contain popular archetypes, symbolism, and themes. Prepare to learn about how these stories "clash" Symbolism The use of symbols is incredible in both stories and each contains similar meanings Purpose of the Stories God(s) warn a man about the flood There is a flood that destroys all of humanity Doves are sent out to see if it is safe They build a boat/ark to save family Made sacrifices and offerings after the flood is over In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the gods flooded the earth because they were too loud and in Genesis God flooded the earth because of man's wickedness Animals were both on the boat They were both blessed after the flood The purpose of the Epic of Gilgamesh is to teach readers that everyone will die one day. No one could live forever and true immortality lies in being remebered. The purpose of Genesis is to show man that God is all powerful. It also shows us that we should not be wicked but instead do good. The number 7 appears in both stories. On the seventh day Utnapishtim's boat was completed. The seventh day marked the end of the flood in genesis. The number 7 represents the relationship between God(s) and man. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim sent out a raven. Conversely, in Genesis, Noah sends out a dove. The flood in both stories signifies rebirth and a new start, or a sort of cleansing of the world. Noah sends out a dove in genesis, symbolizing peace and tranquility in Genesis. Utnapishtim sends out a raven, symbolizing the gruesome scene left by the flood. The gods of Gilgamesh's Epic were quick to act and demonstrated mortal characteristics. They flooded the mortals because they made too much noise! After the flood, they regretted their actions, but it was too late The God of Genesis flooded mankind because they were sinful and evil. He flooded humanity to wipe out the evil and give humanity a new start. In the Epic of Gilamesh, the flood last 7 days and in Genesis the flood last 40 days In Gilgamesh's Epic here were many gods, while in Genesis there was one all-powerful God. THE END G-Foo Money and D-Train
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