Monkey and Gilgamesh Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Monkey and Gilgamesh
This paper discusses and compares the ancient characters of Gilgamesh and the Monkey King.
# 109415 | 750 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2008 in Literature (World) , Philosophy (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that when comparing the ancient heroes Gilgamesh and the Monkey King the similarities in both characters are surprising and intriguing in nature. The parallels are interesting because the two stories have much the same theme but were written on two separate continents during two distinctly separate eras, yet the themes of both stories sound eerily familiar. The writer points out that Gilgamesh is the world's first super-hero and the reader discovers the stories of his fantastic deeds on tablets dating back to approximately 2000 BC. Monkey is also described in a super-human manner and as a being that acquires super-human skills. The writer concludes that both stories allow the reader to understand and carefully comprehend the ancient message of what we, as human beings, will endure if we believe the reward is big enough. The similarities of the goals and objectives from both stories leads the reader to believe that perhaps mankind is much more closely aligned than some experts would have us believe.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hooker, R. (1999) Mesopotamia: Gilgamesh,, accessed November 14, 2007
  • Study Guide to Monkey,, accessed November 14, 2007

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