Life and Death: Socrates and Gilgamesh

An comparison of Socrates, in Plato’s Five Dialogues, and Gilgamesh, in the Epic of Gilgamesh – comparison on their views on death and the afterlife.

This paper is a comparison between the way the Socrates sees life and death and the way that Gilgamesh sees it – what they think the afterlife is like, how that belief effects the way they life their lives, the changes that Gilgamesh’s views about life and death undergo through his trials, Socrates focus on reason, Gilgamesh’s focus on the passions/instincts, separation of the body and soul, etc.
Questions of life and death have been asked and answered in a vast number of ways by every culture and individual throughout history. In Plato: Five Dialogues and The Epic of Gilgamesh, characters Socrates and Gilgamesh understand these issues very differently. Questions of the how to live one’s life, how to come to terms with death, and what can be expected of the afterlife are three main points in which their perceptions differ. Gilgamesh struggles and evolves with these issues, while Socrates has come to terms with and accepts his beliefs on these issues.