Exploring the nature of real-life-tionships.
A relationship can exist between any group of people. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, we see the relationship of Gilgamesh (a king) and his people and how he's transformed from tyrant to noble. (0:15-4:02)
Perhaps the most important relationship in the Epic of Gilgamesh is that one between Enkidu and Gilgamesh. Their friendship and journey together formed Gilgamesh into a better king to his people.
The most instinctual type of relationship is that between a mother and her child. In the Yellow Birds, Murphy's mother is overtly worried about her son coming home safe from the War in Iraq.
Of course, as in with most wars and battles in history, people die and give their lives for what they believe in. Murphy died for his country, and left both his mother and Bartle to mourn his death.
"The ghosts of the dead filled the seats of every gate I passed... I thought... they... had... some dream that... would make their lives important" Bartle reminisces on his friends who died in battle.
An example of another parental relationship. Kafka's relationship with his father is shown in The Sons. Kafka's character would be the one kneeling by the bed, his father making him feel belittled.
In Kafka's The Judgement, his father's judgement was so strong that it caused him to commit suicide at the end of the story. He jumped off the bridge yelling "Dear Parents, I have always loved you!"
Another relationship we've explored this semester was one between humans and God. The best example of a relationship with God is seen the book of Job.
This shows Job's relationship with God. Although he was stripped of everything he loved, his faith was unfaltering."... the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Relationships, no matter how unnecessary some may seem, are extremely important to humans and how they live their lives. People need to love, hurt, laugh and learn. They can't without relationships.
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