Gilgamesh : The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In The Epic of Gilgamesh a young man meets and befriends a wild man named Enkidu. Enkidu, once a man who lived among animals, became civilized after having sex with a female. From this point on Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship start, but shortly into the novel Enkidu becomes sick and dies. This is the start to Gilgamesh journey in attempting to avoid death by seeking immortality. In his quest Gilgamesh meets several people all who assign different routes to the next person he should speak to. Eventually he comes up and meets Urshanabi; the ferryman who then takes him to Utnapishtim. Urshanabi explains to Gilgamesh how the Gods met up and decided to destroy mankind through a flood. Also how Utnapishtim was informed of this and he built a huge wooden boat where he would take the seed of many different species of animals. Utnapishtim does not believe he is worthy of the gift so challenges him to a task where Gilgamesh must stay awake for days, he fails the challenge. Instead Utnapishtim advises Gilgamesh to retrieve a plant on the bottom of the ocean that will restore youth to anyone who eats it. When Gilgamesh goes back home he showers and in the midst of it a snake eats the flowers he returns to the city empty handed but full of wisdom. His journey has taught him that although he cannot live forever the human species will remain to live as an immortal species as long as they reproduce. Some aspects of this story is very much similar to the bible and Noah 's ark in which…
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