Strength and fearlessness

Strength and fearlessness are traits every person desires, and every good leader needs. They are also both prevalent themes in the novels "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and "The Great Persepolis." This gallery demonstrates how the protagonists of both novels, Gilgamesh and Marjane Satrapi, though from different genders, nations, and time periods, displayed these characteristics throughout their lives. 

Strength: a characteristic every human being desires. No one enjoys being weak. The young are told to eat their vegetables so that they can grow up to be "big and strong." The elderly yearn for the days when it was not a struggle to simply walk up a few steps. Strength was a characteristic both protagonists of The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Complete Persepolis, had.
The attribute of strength was incredibly important within the society of Gilgamesh, men wished to compete to see who was the strongest, much like the competition within this painting. Gilgamesh and Enkindu also wished to match their strength, as seen in the line "I will challenge him, for (my strength) is mighty" (line 220)
Much of the time. Strength in the ancient society was seen as given by the gods, much like the culture that used this drinking vessel.
True strength lies in defying authority, much like the defiance portrayed in this street artwork. Marjane Satrapi, the protagonist of The Complete Persepolis showed true defiance and strength even at a young age. Even at a young age, she deified both her parents and her country by partaking in a protest she was forbidden to attend.
Marjane Satrapi also proved her strength in her resilience in living in a country riddled with war. Her eyes most likely mimicked the quiet fear that shows through the eyes of this child in this picture.
Most fear results from fear of the unknown, and fear of death, both of which are pictured by the unknown of the ocean and the death of war being pictured in this photograph.These two things both greatly frightened the protagonists of the epic of Gilgamesh and the Complete Persepolis.
Every good leader needs fearlessness, especially in battle. The soldier in this painting shows no fear or hesitation, unlike Gilgamesh when he and Enkindu faced the vicious Humbaba, as seen in Enkindu's motivation "Where you've set your mind begin the journey, let your heart have no fear, keep your eyes on me!" (Y275-Y274)
Many children of the WWII era feared what was in store for them as they approached the age of enlisting. This poster reassured the fear quaking youth, much like ENkindu to Gilgamesh in the line "Humbaba...is not the mountain, he is different altogether, come cast aside your fear."
Many people fear losing their homes, including the people portrayed in this 1940 photograph. Marjane Satrapi did not fear this fate. She chose her identity, and her reputation more than having a safe place to call home as seen in her final interactions with her final landlord in Austria (pg 234).
Though war is frightening, it certainly did not frighten young Marjane Satrapi. She mentions, "The year of the revolution I had to take action, so I put my prophetic destiny aside for a while" (Satrapi, 10) as she started to "support" the war cause by playing war with her friends.
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