Brothers Essay

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At first glance it may appear as though Western and Non Western myths are completely opposing concepts that contain ideas varying across almost four thousand years. However, many modern narratives look back at ancient works to retell some of the most important lessons and themes from those times. Although the ancient Babylonian myth, Epic of Gilgamesh, depicts the harsh journey of a king and his quest for immortality, it also shares similarity to a modern movie, Step Brothers, by unraveling the story of two strangers who set aside their differences to become bonded as friends and brothers.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is similar to the movie Step Brothers because they are both introduced with two main characters that share dislike for one another. For example, during the Epic of Gilgamesh, the city people of Uruk prayed to the gods to help them combat the arrogant king Gilgamesh. A hairy wild man, Enkidu, was then created to challenge Gilgamesh and his unlawful behaviors. Once confronted by Enkidu, Gilgamesh was angry at the fact that this unknown man was questioning his decisions and Enkidu was upset that a king would take advantage of his power. It was obvious the two did not like each other and in attempt to stop Gilgamesh, Enkidu fought him. Likewise, in the movie Step Brothers, two strangers, Brennan and Dale, are forced to meet one another and from the get go had a strong urge of hate towards each other that resulted in fighting. However, the reasons behind the arguments differ throughout the myth and the movie. In the myth, Gilgamesh is practicing the ‘lord’s right’ by sleeping with every man’s virgin bride. Enkidu was then created to stop Gilgamesh from hurting the city people of Uruk. Enkidu enters the city and after he finds Gilgamesh, blocks the door way that Gilgamesh is trying to enter to fulfill his “right”. According to Epic of Gilgamesh, “He would not allow Gilgamesh to enter. They grappled at the door of the father-in-law’s house, wrestled in the street, in the public square. Door frames shook, walls quaked.” The first encounter with one another led to a quarrel and proved that right away these two men did not get along. On the other hand, Step Brothers depicts the fight between the Brennan and Dale as a result of the new marriage between Brenan’s mother and Dale’s father. Both men are around the age of forty, living at home and are relentless to accept any change when it comes to their families. Brennan and Dale taunt one another by making threats and harsh comments about each other. For example, in the movie Dale says, “The only reason you're living here is because me and my dad decided that your mom was really hot, and maybe we should just both bang her, and we'll put up with the retard in the meantime”. While Brennan threatens Dale by saying, “I'm going to take a pillowcase and fill it full of bars of soap and beat the shit out of you!” The breaking point arises when Brennan puts his genitalia on Dale’s prize possession, his drum...

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