The theme I chose is power, specifically the power of the kings, as I feel that it greatly portrays the importance and high-class roles in society. This elaborate piece of artwork shows a crown that is made for a great king. The jewels of the crown are a representation of the reverence that the people have for the king. The king is even buried with pieces of gold from the crown, which only further contributes to the sense of power and authority that the kings have. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, there are positive and negative aspects of the power of Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk. His power is portrayed in a negative way through his abuse of power, which we see through him raping women and demanding too much control. For example, the people of Uruk say: “[Though powerful, pre-eminent,] expert [and mighty,] [Gilgamesh] lets [no] girl go free to [her bridegroom.] (George, 2003, p. 4). Gilgamesh’s power, however, is also beneficial for the people, as he is a strong and confident leader that does not give up. He has goals in mind and will not stop at anything in achieving them for the people. This is clearly seen in the story when Enkidu advises Gilgamesh to stay away from the forest of Cedar, but Gilgamesh goes anyway. We see Gilgamesh respond with ‘Why, my friend, do you speak like a weakling?’ (George, 2003, p. 19), showing that he is persistent in what he believes is right. Not only is his power shown through Gilgamesh’s actions, but also through the words, actions, and beliefs of the people. The people’s loyalty to Gilgamesh is seen on page 23 through their speaking to Enkidu: “In our assembly we place the King in your care: you bring him back and replace him in ours!” (George, 2003, p. 23). Gilgamesh gains even more confidence in his power as king knowing that the people of Uruk want him to return safely and rely on him. Overall, the exquisite design of the crown in this artwork is representative of the admiration the people have towards him, contributing to his power and authority.
The Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary meaning of bravery is the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening:the quality or state of being brave