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Similarities Between The Epic of Gilgamesh And The Story of Noah's Ark

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Compare & Contrast Essay There are many similarities and differences between The Story of The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Story of The Flood from Genesis 6-9, a section of the Bible. Both stories come from completely different backgrounds. The Epic of Gilgamesh was a story passed down through generations as a folk tale that they believed to be true; no singular author was ever established for the story. The Bible was said to have been written in word by God's chosen ones, or prophets. The two stories each have interesting becomings. The Epic of Gilgamesh is most likely myth; that, drawn from its stretched themes and curiously occurring events. The Bible is said, and believed by many, to have happened; its reputation as God's word is taken very seriously and is read, studied, and lived by in religions around the world. ...read more.


A raven is released on a third day by Utnapishtim alone. After the final bird each had released had not returned, signifying the presence of land, they left their boats. When they had returned to solid land once more, they were each both given rewards for surviving the flood like being promised to that never again will the earth be flooded, having be blessed by their God, and bestowed upon them bountiful harvest and fruitful life. Many diverse things come to focus between the stories of Gilgamesh and the Bible. Though both tales had a flood, each story had a different and distinct rain time. In the Epic of Gilgamesh the rain falls for 6 days and 6 nights, or 7 hourly days total; this, making reference to the number 7 and its representation of perfection and completion. ...read more.


The fact that those who behave in commendable ways are always repaid is also made reference in both occurrences. Many lessons can be learned from the stories. Karma will always reward those who behave admirably; those people will be singled out and remembered for exemplary conduct. The people who have heard of, or read, either of the two stories should take the plot as a warning to stay good citizens and do not cause problems that could anger God (or the Gods) once more. Many people have opinions about the stories and whether they believe them. Some believe absolutely none of it and find them both a product of boredom and creativity. Others worship the works and use them as their guidelines for life. Both The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Bible's Noah's Ark have many similarities and differences, but both have their own backgrounds and plots that give each one their own distinct form and plot. ...read more.

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This is a fairly superficial comparison of the 2 stories. The essay is too short to develop any depth of enquiry. Arguments are loose and generalised. The essay writer does, however, give a good account of the main incidents and points of comparison, and some of contrast.

Paragraph construction is well-managed and, for a large part, so is sentence construction. However, there are some lapses in forming logical, grammatical sentences and in the correct use of Past and Present tenses.

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Marked by teacher Jeff Taylor 24/10/2014

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