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Topic Comparecontrast the two flood myths in Gilgamesh and the BibleTitle IntroductionCatastrophic events have always been recorded in history Establishing whether or not the stories are truth or myth is difficult Many people have studied and debated over work that was established a long time ago There are not present witnesses to verify the work In addition particular pieces of work can be compared with other significant works The fact that similarities exist between works leaves us to ponder what is true Here are two stories that have similar tactics but are not identical Thesis The Book of Genesis and The Epic of Gilgamesh share a common theme of flood destroying humankind but both works of literature have many differences such as the main reason addressing the flood the aftermath of the flooding and what the boats symbolize BodyThe two stories share many similarities For example there are two main characters that are chosen primarily to survive the flood In Gilgamesh the person selected was the king and priest of Shurrupak Utnapishtim who was secretly warned by one of the gods about the flood however that god is not the creator of the flood On the other hand Noah because of his blameless behavior is informed by God about the flood that He is going to pour on earth Both characters are to pack the boat with their family and materials that would be handy to them When the pouring of the rain ceases Utnapishtim and Noah both discover that they are at the edge of a mountain In both stories they release a bird into the air to identify if the ground is clear repeating this experiment until the bird would not return back to them When the day comes that the bird did not return back to the boat and God reassures Noah that it is safe to go outside they exit the boat Utnapishtime and Noah now make a sacrifice to
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