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Compare and Contrast the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Legend of King Arthur The Epic of Gilgamesh has many similarities to The Legend of King Arthur Although Gilgamesh and King Arthur have comparison they also have differences The main difference is that one is an Epic and the other is a Legend To compare and contrast The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Legend of King Arthor one must first know what the words Epic and Legend mean Primarily epic is a long narrative poem about the deeds of a semi-god also known as a superhuman hero whos actions are depended on as the fate of a nation tribe or a human race This usually consists of an adventure filled plot and is concerned with timeless human problems such as honour jealousy war and hatred These contain gods and goddesses and the setting is fixed in a far distant place at a time long past Epics are based on legends and myths Secondly legend consists of a protagonist superman who manages to solve some problems that a group of people have encountered This too consists of an adventure filled plot In knowing the words epic and legend there is now a better comprehension of these wondrous stories The Legend of King Arthur is in comparison to The Epic of Gilgamesh because Arthurs closest companion was Merlin and Gilgameshs closest companion was Enkidu and neither Gilgamesh nor Arthur forgot their friends Enkidu only came in contact with Gilgamesh after becoming a man Enkidu released the animals from the hunters traps when they ere caught so to make him a man the prostitute slept with him so that the animals would be ashamed of him and reject him King Arthur became aware of Merlin when he was a young man When Arthur was born Merlin placed him in the care of Sir Ector throughout his boyhood Arthur learned the ways of chivalry knighthood and how
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