Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

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Repetition serves several different narrative functions in the Epic of Gilagmesh. It connects three parts of the epic together using the city of Uruk and, most importantly, the rampart that encircles the city. Repetition also gives subtle hints of shifting perspectives. At the beginning of the epic the reader is invited to marvel at the city of Uruk from the height of the wall. The walls of the city act as a framing device, enclosing various aspects of civilization: social, politics and religion. In Tablet IV the repetitive format of the stanzas and the presence of the city of Uruk helps convey the emotional state of the hero and changes in his character. At the end of the epic the mirroring of the beginning of the epic conveys the final step of wisdom that Gilgamesh takes and suggest that, despite his mortality, his deeds have permanence. The opening lines 1-23 from Tablet 1 of the poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, introduce us to the ancient Sumerian hero, Gilgamesh. These lines are arresting for their directness and simplicity; they briefly outline the ensuing tales of Gilgamesh’s adventures and achievements and emphasize the hero’s extraordinarily vigorous and powerful nature. The introduction hints at a more personal journey, one in which the hero “came a far road, was weary, found peace” (1,9) suggesting that Gilgamesh discovered a way to understand the tragedy and perplexity of human existence. The narrator calls to the reader’s attention, inviting the reader to “Climb…
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