Thursday, December 19, 2019

Sundiata Essay - 971 Words

Epics Sundiata was written in Africa. Gilgamesh was the oldest one written. Other works include the Iliad and the Odyssey, which were written by the blind prophet Homer. What do all these works of literature have in common with each other? The similarity that all these works of literature have is that they are all epics. What does this mean? What is an epic? The definition of an epic is that an epic is a long, narrative poem with a hero that goes on a quest. What is the hero? Well, the characteristics of a hero is that they all go on a quest, which is a long, arduous journey, he usually descends to the underworld, and many other traits are possessed that determine if a hero is an epic hero. Does an epic have characteristics like an epic†¦show more content†¦As an answer to the people’s prayers, the Gods sent Enkidu. At the end of Gilgamesh’s journey, he was forced to return home with nothing but very important, well-learned lessons. Secondly, the next epic that will be discussed is Sundiata. Sundiata was an African epic about a very unusual king of Mali. It all began in 1200 back when Sundiata’s father, Nare Fa Maghan, ruled over Mali. Until one day Maghan, were to marry a very ugly, yet powerful female named Sogolon Kedju to be the most powerful king of Mali. Ironically, not only did he marry the ugly woman, they birthed Sundiata. Sassouma was Maghan’s first wife and reviled Sogolon because Sundiata would now possibly be king instead of her son Dankaran. The rivaling brothers bickered and fought one another until the rightful king Sundiata took his place at the throne. Thirdly, the epic entitled the Odyssey will be discussed. The Odyssey was an epic written by homer a blind prophet who wrote two stories about the Trojan War. The first epic was the Iliad and it took place during the Trojan War. Why did the Trojan War begin? Paris, the prince of Troy, abducted Menelausus’ wife, Helen. The Odyssey was the sequel to the Iliad and it began telling the tale of one of the Geek soldiers, Odysseus, began his journey home. It takes him twenty years to make it home however; while he is gone his home encounters many hardships. Odysseus loses his friends on this journey home, while not to hisShow MoreRelatedEssay on Sundiata the Hero1266 Words   |  6 PagesSundiata was not a self-absorbed person, when even at an early age, â€Å"malicious tongues began to blab. 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