The Epic of Gilgamesh has a large amount of similarities to The Legend of King Arthur. Gilgamesh and King Arthur have multiple comparisons, but they also have differences. The main difference is that one is an Epic, and the other is a Legend. An epic is a long narrative poem which is generally about a half human, half god, also known as a superhuman whose actions determine the fate of race of some sort. A legend consists of a Superhuman who manages to solve problems that citizens have. This also consists of an adventure induced plot.
The Legend of King Arthur in comparison to The Epic of Gilgamesh is similar because Arthur's companion was Merlin, and Gilgamesh's companion was Enkidu. Enkidu only introduced himself to Gilgamesh after becoming a man. King Arthur met Merlin when he was a young man. King Arthur and Gilgamesh never forgot their faithful friends. After Enkidu died, Gilgamesh searched a long time before discovering the secret of eternal life; he was unable to return it to Enkidu to restore his life to him. When Merlin was frozen, King Arthur thought that Merlin deserted him. Arthur needed Merlin's guidance, so Arthur called out Merlin's name, this brought Merlin to him.
Gilgamesh was part god and the people of England considered King Arthur to be somewhat of a god. This is true because when Arthur became king, Camelot prospered and was born again. This resembles The Epic of Gilgamesh because Gilgamesh was one-third human and two-thirds god. Gilgamesh was able to do what no man could do; he traveled to Mashu, passed the Scorpion people, just to see his spiritual father. Although there are numerous comparisons between The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Legend of King Arthur, there are also many differences. One main difference is that Gilgamesh was a tyrant and Arthur was a hero. Gilgamesh held himself to high standards. He did not allow the brides to sleep with their husbands until...