Not always a physical state, for strength can be found in many places. Strength in these two novels are extremely different from each other. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, physical strength is the what is depicted while, from the Complete Percepolis, Marji shows her strength by her faith and the attitudes she uses in her incredible journey through life in such a terrible time for her and the people of Iran. In the epic of Gilgamesh, uses his strength to conquer and rule, which is exactly what happens in the Complete Persepolis with the Shah. In having great strength Marji needed to find herself in ways that would effect her future. Gilgamesh had the same concept only that he wanted fame and fortune rather than just to live a simple, happy life as Marji was searching for.