The icon I used to represent the exposition is a tombstone. The main event in the exposition is Enkidu’s death. A tombstone is often used as a symbol of death, which is the main event. Tombstones can also be used to show sorrow, which is a feeling Gilgamesh is shown to have as his friend lays dying. Gilgamesh is left with the memory of his fallen friend, just as tombstones often do.
The exposition of the epic of Gilgamesh had a deeply sorrowful moment when Enkidu dies. The gods decided to kill him, as they were displeased with his and Gilgamesh’s actions.The punishment of an incurable sickness was thrust upon Enkidu. As he was dying he was displeased with his means of death, as he wanted to die in battle. Following Enkidu’s death Gilgamesh was left torn and alone.
A connection to the exposition in the modern world would be the swine flu pandemic. During the outbreak many people got sick and died mysteriously. Just as Enkidu had a mortal disease, many people died until there was a cure. Many people were confused at the start of the pandemic, exactly how Gilgamesh and Enkidu were.Gilgamesh and Enkidu were both also very scared as many people were during the pandemic. The icon I used to represent the rising action is the fountain of youth. The fountain of youth is almost exactly the same thing as everlasting life.
They both are legendary and thought to be myths. Many people have tried to find the fountain just as Gilgamesh searches for everlasting life. The rising action of the epic of Gilgamesh is when he travels to find everlasting life. Gilgamesh can’t stop grieving for Enkidu, and he can’t stop thinking about the prospect of his own death.He sets off into the wilderness, determined to find Utnapishtim. After the great flood, the gods had granted Utnapishtim eternal life, and Gilgamesh hopes that Utnapishtim can tell him how he might avoid death too.
Gilgamesh’s journey takes him to the twin-peaked mountain called Mashu. Utnapishtim lives beyond the mountain, but the two scorpion monsters that guard its entrance refuse to allow Gilgamesh into the tunnel that passes through it. Gilgamesh pleads with them, and they relent. He meets Siduri, a veiled tavern keeper, and tells her about his quest.She directs him to Urshanabi, the ferryman. Urshanabi takes Gilgamesh on the boat journey across the sea to Utnapishtim.
A connection to the rising action could be a cure for cancer. Just as Gilgamesh longs for everlasting life. Many long for a cure to this terrible disease, and have searched for years to no avail. Both Gilgamesh and people across the world, search for an answer to their own mortality. An icon to represent the flood is a tidal wave crashing into a city. It relates greatly to the flood, as they both were tools of destruction.The flood wiped out life and the wave destroyed the city. Although life and the city would both eventually be rebuilt.
The gods met in council and decided to destroy humankind. Ea, the god of wisdom, warned Utnapishtim about the gods’ plans and told him how to fashion a gigantic boat in which his family and the seed of every living creature might escape. When the waters finally receded, the gods regretted what they’d done and agreed that they would never try to destroy humankind again.
Utnapishtim was rewarded with eternal life. Men would die, but humankind would continue.A connection that can be made is the story of Noah’s ark. In the story God was displeased with mankind so he decided to wipe them out just as the gods had.
But he told Noah to build an ark and take two of every animal just as Utnapishtim had. Then they would both find land to continue life in all forms. An icon for the climax could be an hourglass being filled with more sand.
This is a great icon as it symbolizes extra but not everlasting life. An hourglass is oftern used to represent how much time you have. Gilgamesh wanted everlasting life but could not receive it.He was instead granted youth, which is just like filling an hourglass. When Gilgamesh insists that he be allowed to live forever, Utnapishtim gives him a test. If you think you can stay alive for eternity, he says, surely you can stay awake for a week. Gilgamesh tries and immediately fails. So Utnapishtim orders him to clean himself up, and return to Uruk where he belongs.
Just as Gilgamesh is departing, however, Utnapishtim’s wife convinces him to tell Gilgamesh about a plant that restores youth. Gilgamesh finds the plant and takes it with him, planning to share it with the elders of Uruk.But a snake steals the plant, leaving Gilgamesh broken.
A connection to the climax could be a baby’s pacifier. A pacifier is used as a placeholder for a bottle. Just like youth for everlasting life, in Gilgamesh’s case. When a baby’s pacifier is taken they become sad just as Gilgamesh was when the snake stole his youth plant.
An image for the falling action is a man meeting the grim reaper. The grim reaper is a figure that takes ones soul to the afterlife. The man meets him because he’s accepting his fate knowing his soul will go on in the afterlife.
This is just like Gilgamesh accepting his mortality knowing his legacy will live on. The falling action is that Gilgamesh finally accepted his own mortality. Gilgamesh returned to his city of Uruk. He sees that he wont live forever but mankind will. The city he created would be enough immortality and mortal could desire. A connection to the falling action could be someone who lost a limb.
People who lose limbs are faced with their mortality, just like Gilgamesh. These people though still live their everyday lives. Gilgamesh is able to do this after he sees his immortality is his mark on mankind.An image for the resolution is an ancient scroll.
This is related to the resolution because many people write things down to pass information on generation to generation. Gilgamesh did this with his tablet by writing his tales. The resolution to the story is that after his journey he had become wise. He learned many secrets.
His travels left him weary and worn out. So he wrote of his travels on a tablet. A connection would be someone who writes a memoir.
People often write them to tell their stories. Gilgamesh did this exact same thing with his tablets