The Meaning of Fate Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Meaning of Fate
An analysis of the differences in values between early Mesopotamian and Greek cultures.
# 135174 | 1,250 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper highlights the differences in values between early Mesopotamian and early Greek cultures using the literary stories of Gilgamesh and Oedipus. The paper discusses how the Mesopotamian culture shows a more realistic acceptance of one's fate while the Greek story has loftier goals and more complexities. The paper also addresses royalty as god-like humans, importance of family, and class differences.

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"In the period before the Common Era (B.C.E), important seminal observations in literature of man's struggle to control his fate are documented by use of godlike and other prominent characters. Firstly in Mesopotamian literature, Gilgamesh was possibly an actual person immortalized as superhuman who was king around 2700 B.C.E in what is currently Iraq. In this early culture, kings were believed to be descended from gods (Wikipeida, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. "Mesopotamia"). Additionally, Gilgamesh was the first tragic hero of whom anything is known (Sandars 7), spending his time attempting to avoid the inevitable..."

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