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The Emphasis of Enkidu: An Analysis of Relationships in Gilgamesh

Characters are an essential building block to the narrative; who they are, what they represent and their relationships amongst one another. Particularly the bonds between characters can enhance the plot by providing the readers with an ability to connect with the characters and by enhancing the peculiarities within the narrative. A specific narrative that employs character relationships in this manner is Gilgamesh. The epic follows the life of the Gilgamesh, the great king of Uruk, explicitly honing in on the relationship he establishes with Enkidu, another male character that is created by the gods to match Gilgamesh in all aspects. Enkidu and Gilgamesh’s relationship enhances the plot by adding an emotional aspect to the grand, otherworldly activities they partake in. Furthermore, by adding this emotional aspect to the narrative, the readers have a better capability of connecting with these two individuals who are as equally epic as the activities they partake in. Also, Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship is a major peculiarity in the novel-being such an emotionally abundant relationship that is not only a centralization for the two characters but also for the epic as a whole-that is emphasised by Gilgamesh’s bonds with other characters. Thus, Gilgamesh’s relationships with other characters of the epic-particularly characters of the female gender- are distinctively unemotional and detached, a stark…
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