Enkidu's Eternal Life In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Shannon Watson Essay #1 The Epic of Gilgamesh Known as the notable work of Ancient Mesopotamia, The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the first tales of literature. King Gilgamesh is forever remembered for his fascinating adventures. The most interesting themes in the story are the depths of friendship and the wanting of immortality. Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk in Southern Mesopotamia who was known as two-thirds god and one-third human. The people of the city thought of him as arrogant, fierce, and brutal. Therefore, the gods created him a friend named Enkidu who was as strong as he. Together they decided to slay the monster Humbaba to establish eternal fame. Eventually Enkidu gets ill and passes away. When this happened Gilgamesh falls into despair and griefs his friend. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh grows afraid of dying and sets on a journey for eternal…show more content…
The gods created Enkidu to counselor and accompany Gilgamesh. At their first meeting they engaged in fighting. After the fight, the two men kissed and made friends. “They clasped each other, they joined hands” (Gilgamesh 109). As a result, they bonded, gained respect, and displayed loyalty. Their first adventure together was the slaying of Humbaba to gain remembrance. Enkidu tried reasoning with Gilgamesh not to slay the monster because whoever enters his forest gets a disease. Gilgamesh insisted they go and as a loyal friend Enkidu walked before him to face Humbaba. Shortly after Enkidu passes away. As a result, Gilgamesh falls into despair and feels a part of him absent. From this story we can relate that the ancient people were as human as we are. In the past and present we long for relationships with others to confide, share, and grow

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