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The epic of Gilgamesh and Sunjata A West African Epic of the Mande People are two epics that tell the tale of the two hero as they vend on their Journey In the Epic of Gilgamesh the main hero Gilgamesh goes on his journey by his own choice whereas in the story of Sunjata his journey was already foretold These two heroes and their hero share a great deal of similarity but at the same time differ from one another The differences and similarity of the two ranges from the journey they took their characteristic and personality to their actions in the story Gilgameshs different from Sunjata was the reason why I prefer it more it was more straightforward and entertaining to me The events in both stories eventually lead the Gilgamesh and Sunjata to becoming great kings of their land In Gilgamesh the gods killed his best friend Enkidu and his death led Gilgamesh to pursue immortality In his fail quest for eternal life he decides to go back to Uruk and be a greater king to his people With Sunjata he defeated the Sumaworo and eventually formed the Mali Empire Both of these stories have a supernatural or divine element to them In the Epic of Gilgamesh there was a big emphasis on gods and goddesses With Sunjata characters had special magic and powers Even thought the two stories shared similar characteristics there are a lot of things that differ between the two The journeys that Gilgamesh and Sunjata took lead them to become a great leader but how the journey started and what happen in between was different Gilgamesh went on his journey by his own choice He was the one who decide to go and try to defeat the demon Humbaba The journey that Sunjata went on was not by his choice His journey was predetermined by fate even before he was born His battle with Sunjata with
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