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Comparing and contrasting Noahs Ark and Gilgameshs The Flood In the stories of Noahs Ark and Gilgameshs The Flood there are many similarities and differences that can be taken from the stories The two stories are passed down told from two different religions This could explain why there are so many differences in the two stories The fact that these religions and cultures are similar in some ways explain why these two stories are in some ways similar as well In both stories the major similarity would of course be that there was a flood and in each story God or the gods warn of the upcoming events and tell both Noah and Utnaphishtim to build an ark or a boat This shows the mercifulness that the people saw in their Gods at this time Also the men saved in both stories were chosen to be saved because they were both righteous men In each story God or the gods feel bad about what he or they have done He they regret destroying everything that they have created and in Noahs Ark God makes a rainbow to remind himself never to destroy the earth with a flood again Destruction and rebirth was the main theme in each story The Gods wiped out everything he they thought was bad on earth and in the end a more pure Earth was formed The dove is another similarity in each story Utnaphishtim and Noah both let a dove fly out to see if it would land The dove in each story is symbolic of peace and the calmness after the storm had ended Lastly at the end of each story both men give offerings or sacrifices to the Gods for their thankfulness As well as many similarities there are also differences in these two flood stories In Noahs Ark there is only one God while in The Flood there are multiple gods This shows the contrast in
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