Confidence & Courage

The themes I chose were confidence and courage. It is apparent throughout both The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Complete Persepolis that various characters display a great deal of confidence and courage. We cannot commit courageous acts if we do not believe in ourselves; therefore, these two characteristics go hand in hand.

The young knight demonstrates that he is confident in his "sword" because of his posture and his facial expression. This relates to the text because Gilgamesh often shows he is confident (OVER-CONFIDENT) with his abilities to defend. It is demonstrated on page 21 in the dialogue between Gilgamesh and Enkidu were Gilgamesh says, "In fear of him shall I change my mind". In reference to Humbaba, whom the people perceive to be unstoppable.
Taking on bigger opponents can take a lot of confidence.This image depicts either Gilgamesh or Enkidu taking on Humbaba in the Forest of Cedar. "His speech is fire, his breath is death"; however they confidently march into the forest and slay their larger than life opponent.
Some people fear death, while others (Enkidu)can come to terms with its coming. Instead of begging for his life, Enkidu courageously accepts that it must happen. This image represents his coffin, which he refers to as, "a House of Dust", that he accepts as his fate.
"[Why]in your heart [does sorrow reside]", asks the tavern keeper to Gilgamesh in Tablet X. This image represents Gilgamesh lamenting Enkidu's death. Through Enkidu's death Gilgamesh now has the confidence to express his feelings replying to the tavern keeper, "[my friend, whom I loved so dear] [who with me went through every danger] [the doom of mortals overtook him]". Gilgamesh's confidence in expressing his feelings was perpetuated by the courage of Enkidu leading up to and including his death; showing that we truly do learn a lot from each other.
Switching gears, in this image we see a man standing tall while being judged by those passing by. It reflects Uncle Fereydoon standing tall and full of courage while awaiting his fate from soldiers of the Shah's Army in The Complete Persepolis. "He could have ran away like most of his friends did. But he decided to stay" (57).
In The Complete Persepolis, Marji is very passionate! Often times out of her passion comes courage. The image shows a brave group of young men preparing for war. We all are aware of the dangers of war, but some courageous people like Marji are willing to suit up and go fight for the nation! "My blood was boiling! I was ready to defend my country against these Arabs who kept attacking us" (79).
The bond between a mother and daughter is usually impenetrable, like the one between Marji and her mother Taji in The Complete Persepolis. This image represents the confidence Taji has in Marji and her schooling by trusting that she will be okay in Austria. "You're fourteen and I know how I brought you up. Above all I trust your education" (147). Taji is giving Marji independence from her parents for a while, which is something unheard of to many of her peers.
Here we see Satrapi using minor characters to display courage and confidence. This image represents Marji's boyfriend at the time, Enrique, telling her one of the most difficult things of his life. "Here it is: I think I'm Gay" (214). It takes a great deal of courage to look the one who you say to love in the face and attempt to tell them you like the same sex. Satrapi does this to show she encountered many courageous people in her life!
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