The presence of unavoidable death

In "The Epic of Gilgamesh", Gilgamesh and Enkidu face their looming demise and choose to die in the hopes of eternal fame. Because Gilgamesh is a third mortal, even he will unavoidably face his death and has face Enkidu's when he discovers that Enkidu must die. In "The Complete Persepolis", Marjane faces the death's of her family members and her Iranian people. Due to the constant oppression  of Iran's people and their rebelling, death has an extremely strong presence throughout Marjane's childhood and young adult life. 

This self portrait of Arnold Bocklin portrays his own looming and unavoidable death. Gilgamesh in "The Epic of Giglgamesh" discoveries that despite being an almighty king, death looms over him.
This piece portrays the forced suicide of the king, Sardanapalus. Sardanapalus was a powerful man, like Enkidu in "The Epic of Gilgamesh", and both men realize that death is unavoidably upon them.
The snake shown in this piece is ironically named the Death Adder. The snake symbolizes death for "The Epic of Gilgamesh", because Gilgamesh's eternal life was quite literally stolen by a snake.
The Dismembered Man represents the conquistadors gruel slaughter a chief during he Spanish Conquest. Gilgamesh, the chief figure of Urk, also faces death due to a mightier force, in his case the gods.
This painting depicts Saint George killing a dragon. This piece relates to "The Complete Persepolis",because the authority of Iran, symbolized by Saint George, killed Marjane's uncle who was defiant.
The sower represents the repercussions of war which is mainly certain death and destruction. In "The Complete Persepolis", the war in Iran has these exact effects in Marjane's life.
Athanor depicts Hitler's courtyard with themes of evil and death. This relates to "The Complete Persepolis", because Marjane's Iran is like a courtyard of evil and death due to her government's abuse.
After the Storm shows a grandmother holding the body of her grandson. This pertains to "The Complete Persepolis" because Marjane experiences a similar tragedy when finding her disembodied neighbors.
This piece shows a crying mother over a soldier's body. It applies to "The Complete Persepolis" because Marjane's uncle died for her rights, like the soldier, and she mourned him as the mother does.
Imaginary Prison shows a fantasized prison full of evil and doom. This pertains to "The Complete Persepolis" because the Iranian government "imprisons" the people's nature by fear of their own deaths.
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