Gilgamesh And Enkidu 's Friendship

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Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s Friendship In the Epic of Gilgamesh, friendship is a strong theme that drives the story. The bond that Gilgamesh and Enkidu develop throughout the myth is a bond similar to that of brothers. Gilgamesh was fearless, but arrogant and Enkidu was created by the gods specifically to keep the legacy crazed Gilgamesh in check and to teach him humility; Enkidu becomes his conscience of sorts. Gilgamesh was oppressing the people of Uruk and Enkidu and needed to put a stop to it by confronting and fighting him. From what initially started as a violent encounter, their relationship bloomed into something that neither of them could have expected. Their connection really takes off after their encounter with the giant Hambaba and seals the deal on their friendship. They become basically inseparable and after Enkidu passed it completely rocked Gilgamesh because he had lost a huge part of his life. Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s eventual bond is the perfect example of checks and balances within life making this oldest hero’s tale still very relevant today. Gilgamesh was the son of the goddess Ninsun and the former King of Uruk Lugalbanda, this made him one-third man and two-thirds god. He was created by Nintu, who is the great Mother Goddess, out of clay. Many other gods had given him other qualities during his creation like beauty, courage, and wisdom. Gilgamesh lived without any fear and did whatever he pleased even if it meant hurting others. His behavior was so unruly

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