JOurney ThroughOUT friendships

Both novels, The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Persepolis, contain the major theme of friendship, which effects the main characters in different ways, since friendship is more persistent In the Epic of Gilgamesh but more scattered in The Persepolis. For this exhibit, I created a timeline for friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu from start to end. For example, the foreshadowing of a their friendship, then the beginning of their friendship, how their friendship was strengthened, the great influence a friendship holds, the end of their friendship and the lasting impact/ influence that a friendship leaves behind. However, for The Percepolis, Marjane experiences different types of friendships throughout her life. For example, a friendship through a family member, a forbidden friendship, friendship in a group of people, and a negative friendship that needed to be left behind. Both stories exemplify the theme friendship well.

“I made it your equal. Like a wife you loved it, caressed and embraced it: a mighty comrade will come to you, and be his friend’s savior” (1.266-2689). This quote is said by Gilgamesh'es mother and I picked this quote because she dreamed a "dream of reason" or a dream that reasons the complaints of the people in the kingdom. Finally, there was someone to match and challenge Gilgamesh behavior, someone to reason with him. What is ironic about the title of this picture is that Gilgamesh's mother's dream did bring forth a monster. Enkidu was a creature of the wilderness when he was placed on this earth. He was uncivilized and his body was filled with hair, resembling a beast. Overall, this dream foreshadowed many things including how an epic friendship would be formed between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.
"Gilgamesh knelt, one foot on the ground, his anger subsided, he broke off from the fight. After he broke off from the fight said Enkidu ...They kissed each other and formed a friendship" (2.229-Y 18). I choose this quote to match this picture because before Gilgamesh was fighting with Enkidu, before the tone shifted into a less violent one. This is because Gilgamesh and Enkidu had to release the tension between them through a fight, so they can get over all the competition between them. After the tension was gone, instantly they became involved in a "bromance".
"Gilgamesh opened his mouth, saying to Enkidu: ferocious *Humbaba, let us] slay him,[so his power] is no more! In the Forest of Cedar [where *Humbaba dwells,let us frighten him in his lair!"(2.89-101). This quote represents how the friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu grows stronger. Somehow, immediately after they kiss and become best friends, they decide that they need to go through a sketchy forest and kill Humbaba. This is because their journey through this forest will bond them closer together. And closer together, they become. Every night they build shelter and pray together. Gilgamesh even sleeps on Enkidu, while Enkidu soothes Gilgamesh's worries. If Enkidu and Gilgamesh did not go on this journey, their relationship would not progress into a stronger one.
“Smite him again, slay his servants alongside him!’ Gilgamesh heard the word of his companion. He took up his axe in his hand, he drew the dirk from his belt. Gilgamesh smote him in the neck” (5.18-22). This quote shows how Enkidu told Gilgamesh to kill Humbaba, even though doing so had great consequences, like upsetting the gods. Gilgamesh’s friendship with Enkidu was so strong and influencial for Gilgamesh, that he did not even care about how Humbaba was begging for his life. When Enkidu told Gilgamesh to kill Humbaba, Gilgamesh obeyed without objection. Gilgamesh is greatly influenced by Enkidu and has complete trust in him.
"'How can I keep silent?] How can I stay quiet? [My friend, whom I loved, has turned] to clay, my friend Enkidu, whom I loved, has [turned to clay.]" (10.67-69). This quote represents the end of Gilgamesh and Enkidu's friendship due to Enkidu's death. Because of how close Gilgamesh was with Enkidu, he is experiencing a lot of emotions, anger being one of them. The painting "The Scream" represents how Gilgamesh is feeling because he is frustrated and can not keep quiet any longer. This leads to the assumption that Gilgamesh is screaming out of anger. Later on, Gilgamesh goes into a sorrow stage before he accepts the fact that Enkidu's life and friendship with him is over, and he realizes that he himself needs to safe his own life.
"'[Then I was afraid that I too would die,] [I grew fearful of death, and so wander the wild.] What became of my friend [was too much to bear,]" (10.61-63) This quote once again shows the power a friendship can hold, even in death. Since Gilgamesh had a strong friendship with Enkidu, Enkidu’s death affected Gilgamesh so greatly that it helped Gilgamesh see the truth. Gilgamesh finally realized that one third of him is in fact stoppable and decided to do something to gain immortality. Without Enkidu, Gilgamesh would never even come to the conclusion that he can be defeated by death. Even if there was someone else that was close to Gilgamesh, they would not be able to influence Gilgamesh as greatly as Enkidu had. Although, Enkidu left Gilgamesh's life, he still managed to influence Gilgamesh until the end of Gilgamesh's own life.
"Such a sweet child! I'll sleep here tonight and tell you stories." (Satrapi 54). This quote explains the beginning of a great friendship between Marjane and her Uncle, Anoosh. The whole night Marjane's Uncle told her stories about his life and many personal details. Marjane really cared about what he had to say and even offered to make him hot chocolate so he can continue with another story. Even though Anoosh is a family member to Marjane, she was able to create a strong friendship with him. Their friendship was so strong that when Anoosh was allowed only one visitor in prison, he chose to see Marjane before his death.
“My Dear Hossein, I miss you a lot. It has been three days since I saw you at the window. I often talk about you to my sister.” (Satrapi 35) This quote perfectly explains the relationship between Marjane and her maid, Mehri. Marjane is being a great friend to Mehri by writing to her crush for her. This is when Marjane has a sort of forbidden friendship with her maid because she helps and treats Mehri in a way that is not accepted in her society. Marjane truly looks at Mihri as a friend and ignores the separation in social classes in her society. In Marjane’s life a friendship can be present with anyone. She even takes Mehri’s side and asks her father “But is it her fault that she was born where she was born???” (Satrapi 37) when Mehri’s crush no longer wants to be with her.
“An eccentric, a punk, two orphans, and a third-worlder, we made quite a group of friends. They were really interested in my story.” (Satrapi 167). This quote was chosen because finally after a long time in an unfamiliar place, Marjane finally found some people who she could familiarize with. Even though all of them were very different, they were alike in many ways. They cared about war unlike many in Vienna, including Shirin, Also, Marjane could have conversations with them, unlike her roommate. Marjane soon began dressing like her group of friends and acting like them as well.
“She lies when she says that she has known war. It’s all to make herself seem interesting” (Satrapi 196). This quote was chosen to show how some of Marjane's "friends" really put a weight on her shoulder and bring her down. She called herself French and lied about who she was to her friends. In a friendship there should not be any secrecy about who a person is. Her friends did not create an environment where she was comfortable enough to say who she actually was. On top of that, they are skeptical towards her. Although friendships can be an uplifting and positive experiences, some are better if they are left behind. That is exactly what Marjane did for herself, and left all the negativity behind and remembered who she really was.
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