Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

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The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the legend of King Gilgamesh of Uruk and his adventures with the feral human Enkidu. At the beginning Gilgamesh shares a lot of similarities to Egyptian Pharaohs. He’s worshiped by his people in a way that’s almost pious and holds himself up with a certain arrogance. The only difference with Gilgamesh is he is one part deity and two parts human. Over the coarse of the Epic we see Gilgamesh’s demeanor change to a more humble one. This change can be attributed to the trials and tribulation he endures with Enkidu as well as the influence of the female characters he encounters along his journey. Even though the female characters did not have much presence in the epic they were by far the most influential characters.
The first female character we meet is Shamhat. Shamhat is a prostitute of the temple of Ishtar. Even though she is only briefly in the epic she has a lot of influence on Enkidu. Enkidu was created in the image of Aruru to combat Gilgamesh’s arrogance. We first find him in the wilderness setting free animals that have been trapped by a hunter. The hunter eventually finds Enkidu at a watering place. He plots to tame Enkidu by venturing to Uruk and requesting Gilgamesh for aid. After speaking to Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh sends Shamhat to seduce Enkidu. After seducing and having sex with Enkidu for six days and seven nights the animals that Enkidu knew all his life instead of being friendly, would dart away; Enkidu was becoming more human than…
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