Gilgamesh, The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh has to go through a series of hardship to obtain immortality. Gilgamesh’s determination to find immortality is impacted by the death of his best companion, Enkidu. At the end of Gilgamesh’s quest, he learns the destined fate of mortals (which is...?). Gilgamesh’s character development is shown throughout the story; he changes from an invincible, fearless king to a king who has accept his mortality and sees his own limitations. Although the quest of Gilgamesh seems to focus on gaining immortality, it works as a bridge to help Gilgamesh accept his mortality and to understand that immortality is not achieved by the length of life, but by the stories that’s pass on. In the beginning (beginning of what? the epic? the quest?), Gilgamesh seeks immortality because he wants to live forever. After Gilgamesh witnesses the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh becomes afraid of death himself. many direct parallels are shown throughout the story to justify the reasoning behind Gilgamesh’s fear of death. Enkidu often acts as an equal companion of Gilgamesh; Gilgamesh is born with a mixture of human and divine, while Enkidu is a mixture of human and wild beast. Although there is a difference in their status, their ability and strength are still the same. Gilgamesh is “perfect in strength” (Tablet I, Line 36) and Enkidu is “the mightiest in the land” (I,117). When Gilgamesh sees someone, who has been through every hardship with him and is equal in strength, grasp

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