Gilgamesh's' and Scrooges' Character Changes
The character Gilgamesh from Epic of Gilgamesh and the character Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol grow during their respective storylines and experience a number of character changes. Through a series of trials, one sees both
Gilgamesh and Scrooge transform from powerful but selfish individuals to beings
possessing kindness and empathy.
In the beginning, Gilgamesh is a fantastic athlete and warrior. As one would expect from an individual who is two thirds god and one third man, his beauty, strength and courage surpassed all others. He built great walls for his city and temples for the gods. Gilgamesh's flaw, however, is that he is a poor king. He is known for sleeping with virgins before their wedding night, stealing children, and exhausting his men.
Upon complaints from the people of Uruk, the god Anu works with the goddess Aruru to create a rival for Gilgamesh. This rival, Enkidu, proves to be a challenge for Gilgamesh. Once Enkidu earns Gilgamesh's respect in battle, Gilgamesh accepts Eniku as a friend. This fight between Gilgamesh and Enkidu gives Gilgamesh a small but necessary taste of humility, since he now realizes that he has met his match. More importantly, the friendship that is formed after their battle eases Gilgamesh's lonesomeness and is the first step towards his socialization.
The next improvement that we see in Gilgamesh involves his voyage to the Cedar Forest where he and Enkidu kill Humbaba. Gilgamesh's motives are both for his personal gain and for the good of his people. Gilgamesh is honored for his actions and the people of Uruk enjoy the newly opened Cedar Forest. The destruction of Humbaba and opening of the Cedar Forest provides more resources for the people of Uruk and betters their lives. Here we see Gilgamesh uncharacteristically thinking with others in mind. Right...