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Introductions, Thesis Statements, Conclusions, Topic Sentences, and Quote Introductions
(and other tips for writing your paper)
Flood stories are a common archetype in many cultures. The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian myth, and Genesis, a Hebrew story, both include an account of a great flood brought to the earth in order to destroy all of humankind. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, a character named Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh about a story of a great flood which he survived by building a boat. From the book of Genesis, “Noah and the Flood” features a righteous man selected by God to build an ark in order to survive the great flood. These two stories have many similarities and differences as displayed in the ark-builders, the gods, and the interactions between the two.
After the flood, God says to Noah, “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood” (174).
While trying to convince Gilgamesh to have no mercy, Enkidu says, “The strongest of men will fall to fate if he has no judgment” (21).
Enkidu’s dream reveals the pessimistic afterworld of the Sumerians: “There is the house whose people sit in darkness; dust is their food and clay their meat” (23).
God decides to flood the earth because it is “filled with lawlessness” (45).
God decides to destroy the earth with a flood because “the earth is filled with lawlessness because of [the men]” (45).
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Created by Sarah Garcia on September 23, 2008.