Achilles and Gilgamesh are prideful and both yearn

Achilles and Gilgamesh are two epic heroes who share many similarities. Both men are kings of their respective places, their subjects look up to them and expect a proper relationship between them and society. Both Achilles and Gilgamesh possess superhuman strength and are closely tied to the Gods, Gilgamesh because he is 2/3 god and Achilles because he is the son of Zeus. The Greeks and Mesopotamians consider them heroes and look up to them for understanding of how the gods relate to man.Achilles and Gilgamesh are prideful and both yearn to live long lives and have their names be remembered. The yearning for their needs to live long renowned lives shows that the Greeks and Mesopotamians cherished life and legends.
Among the similarities there are also some differences. Gilgamesh over the course of the epic develops as a character thanks to his friend Endiku and his quests for renown and immortality. Unlike Gilgamesh Achilles does not develop significantly over the course of the epic. Although the death of Patroclus prompts him to seek reconciliation with Agamemnon, he still continues to be angry until King Priam begs for Hectors body and Achilles is reminded of his father. After Endiku's death Gilgamesh is pushed to search for immortality because of Endiku which shows that Mesopotamians culturally emphasized ties with your fellow comrades and the importance of friends. After Patroclus death Achilles is fuelled by his anger and goes on fighting for him showing that Greeks culturally emphasized ties with your family and the importance of love.