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In other words, explain how these humans and their gods interact and how that interactions affects the humans and their lives/goals.
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Write a THREE page essay answering one of the following prompts. Be sure to use MLA format. Submit your paper as a .doc or .docx into Canvas by the due date and time.
Remember, in a literature course, you are expected to know how to write a paper in MLA format. I have posted several handout guides in the Essay #1 Module that should help remind you of those proper MLA and essay writing skills.
This is not a research paper. Do not use any materials except your textbook, lecture notes, and your own brain to write this essay!
1. In each of the larger texts we have read so far, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, Oedipus, The Aeneid, and The Metamorphoses, we have seen ancient people interacting with their gods. Choose three (one per body paragraph) of these texts and explain how the human characters are affected by interference from gods or goddesses. However, be sure to give examples from the text not only of how the humans and gods interact, but also tell me why that interaction is important. Does it change their fate? Does it affect the characters’ lives negatively? Positively? Did the character make the right decision when choosing to follow the god’s order? When ignoring the god’s warning? In other words, explain how these humans and their gods interact and how that interactions affects the humans and their lives/goals.
2. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest piece of narrative literature we know of. It centers around Gilgamesh, a king who changes from being a tyrant into a man who seeks knowledge and immortality. In many ways, this character is very different from modern day people, but how is he the same as us? In an essay, tell me how Gilgamesh and modern day people are alike. Do we have the same desires? The same flaws? The same needs? The same problems? Give me examples from the text that prove he and modern day people actually have much in common. In other words, explain how this ancient story is still relevant to the experiences of human beings today.
Make sure that you quote and cite from the text(s) in each body paragraph of your essay, and make sure you include a work cited page at the end of the essay that lists each of the works you quoted.