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Gilgamesh/mortality and Why is Odyssey timeless

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1. Tablet XI illuminates Gilgamesh’s concern about mortality; using quotes from the literature and an example from contemporary literature or film or from your own experience, explain how the concern of this ancient character is a concern of people today.

2. What makes “The Odyssey” timeless? What is so appealing that it invites retellings in poetry and film, like O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Links to an external site.) Use at least one quote from the literature as supporting evidence.


Answers to each discussion question needs to be answered independantly, in your own ideas written in your words; outside sources should not be consulted or quoted. Two questions, Two separate responses. I want to hear your reactions to the literature you’re reading based on your thoughts and experiences.


Note from Professor:This week, one of your reading assignments is Section 6.03, “Direct Quotation of Sources,” in your APA manual. In every discussion and in each essay, you will be using quotes from the literature to support your argument. Be sure to introduce each quote, connecting it to your point, rather than letting it stand alone. For example, do this:

In “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” Enkidu’s death causes Gilgamesh to worry about his own mortality. He realizes that he, too, will die someday: “Shall I not die too? Am I not like Enkidu? Oh woe has entered my vitals! I have grown afraid of death, so I roam the steppe” (“The Epic,” 2013, p. 72).

Instead of this:

In “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” Enkidu’s death causes Gilgamesh to worry about his own mortality. “Shall I not die too? Am I not like Enkidu? Oh woe has entered my vitals! I have grown afraid of death, so I roam the steppe” (“The Epic,” 2013, p. 72).

In addition, since each piece of literature is part of an edited book, treat each one like a chapter when you format your References page; see example #25 on page 204 in your APA style manual. For example, this would be the reference for “The Odyssey”:

Homer. (2013). The odyssey. In Puchner, M., et al. (Eds.), The norton anthology of world literature (Shorter
3rd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 178-466). New York, NY: W. W. Norton.

An in-text citation after a quote from this story would look like this: (Homer, 2013, p. 179).

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