The Inevitability of death

The inevitability of death is portrayed through all texts that we have analyzed in this course. Whether the text is a religious reference text such as The Bible or the Koran, or if it is an account of a philosopher's trial. Each reading displays how death is a fact of life that is unavoidable no matter how hard some characters may try. Some such as Socrates are prepared for it and face it head on, and others such as Gilgamesh run from it and seek immortality. All the while we learn through the religious texts about potential candidates for the reason why death is so unavoidable. 

This piece reminds me of Gilgamesh mourning over Enkidu. He had a great passion for their friendship and mourned over Enkidu's death for the rest of his life. After Enkidu died, Gilgamesh was constantly concerned and afraid for his own death. (George 54)
This fountain of youth represents essentially what Gilgamesh was looking for after Enkidu's death. He became so obsessed with becoming immortal that he refused to consider the inevitability of death and believed that he could overcome it as it was the only thing that he was unable to overcome. Gilgamesh searched for the man who was said to be immortal to find his secret and was denied because for him death was inevitable. (George 88)
I found that the death of Socrates was similar to that of Christ himself because they both recognized the fact that their death was inevitable and if they are going to have to die, then it would be better to die for something that they believe in rather than anything else. "Then is life worth living when that part of us which is maimed by wrong and benefitted by right is crippled?" (Plato 89). Socrates recognizes that he would rather accept the inevitability of death in favor of his beliefs than as a refugee running from the trouble that they have brought him.
This piece is a direct depiction of Crito closing the eyes of Socrates. This piece struck me because Crito had an extremely difficult time coming to terms with the death of Socrates, while Socrates was prepared for it so long as he was dying for his own cause on his own accord. Crito eventually succumbs to Socrates' beliefs, but still mourns his friend's life and bright ideas. (Plato 98)
This piece depicts Eve being coaxed by the serpent to try the forbidden fruit in The Garden of Eden (Genesis 3, line 1). According to many religions, this particular scene is the origin for the inevitability of death. Temptation in most cases is what is said to lead to death, sin, and all wrongdoings. The serpent in this particular piece represents the devil and the temptation that they instill in all human life.
The inevitability of death is essentially the inability for human life to carry on without sin. According to God in the book of Genesis, the wrongdoings and sins of mankind are what caused him to wipe out the entire earth except for Noah. Noah was spared for the time being, but eventually even he (the chosen one to carry the legacy of the human race) died because God created death as a part of life. He did not want any humans to be immortal because if humans were immortal, they would be no different than he.
In Luke 17 the people who are listening to Jesus preach begin to ask what will happen after the judgement day. Jesus explains to them that when the day comes everyone will die without knowing what is coming or what is happening. He references Noah's Arc when he says, "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all." (26)
In the last supper, Jesus knows that the very next day will be his last on earth and yet he is calm and collected. He knows who will betray him and he knows that his death is inevitable and there is no way for him to live if he wants to abolish the sins of the people on earth. He recognizes that he must die and as terrifying as that is for him, he remains calm and stands with his beliefs. In a way I believe that many of the characters that we have read about so far, particularly Socrates, have this calmness and understanding when it comes to their own death or the death of others.
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