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The Epic of Gilgamesh vs Noah and the Flood Essay written by Cash B In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah and the flood a flood takes place The flood in both stories destroys most of mankind These floods are a symbol They represent rebirth and a new beginning for mankind as well as the gods or Gods wrath In the epic of Gilgamesh the gods decided to destroy mankind by flooding earth for six days and nights Utnapishtim was chosen to build a boat in order to restart mankind after the flood In Noah and the Flood God decided that there was too much evil in the world and decided to flood Earth for forty days and forty nights God Chose Noah to build an ark to save 2 of each animal and restart mankind after the flood In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible a story of a great flood occurs These stories compare and contrast in several significant ways In both stories mankind was exterminated because things were getting to chaotic In Gilgamesh the god Enlils reason for wanting to destroy man was very self-centered His reason was the uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible The other gods agreed with this In the Bible God also saw how the wickedness of man had taken over earth Utnapishtim was chosen to survive the great flood out of pure luck by the god Ea Noah was the only man on earth who found grace in the eyes of God and was really good Because of this God came to warn him about the flood and told him to build the ark They each approached their Journey by building a large boat and bringing their family and two of every flesh being onto the boat Utnapishtims boat was two hundred feet tall with six stories Noahs ark was thirty cubits high
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