There are many different types of power. Some kinds of power come from within and some come from outside forces beyond our control. Gilgamesh and Marjane both experienced the influence of powers that helped them become stronger and wiser by the end of their journeys. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh started out as a selfish king. Then he experienced the power of friendship, courage, and grief. The Gods' powers also came into play. Sometimes Gilgamesh battled against the Gods' powers and sometimes the Gods offered their support. By the end of the story Gilgamesh came to terms with his own immortality and became a kinder ruler. In The Complete Persepolis, Marjane experienced the positive powers of freedom, love, and family. She also experienced the negative powers of oppression, the military, and government control. It wasn’t until she was all grown up and the war was over that Marjane finally found peace with herself and her country.