Review Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

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Stories about quests are common tales told throughout history and in many different cultures. All quest stories follow the same pattern and have the same archetypes. The first stage in a quest is the call to adventure or the protagonist 's separation from his or her daily life. The next stage is the , threshold stage. After threshold is initiation or loss and the final stages are, the ultimate boon and return. Within every quest, there is also some lesson to be learned by the protagonist. The Epic of Gilgamesh, a story written thousands of years ago by the ancient Sumerians, follows the same archetypes as any modern day quest story. Gilgamesh begins his quest when he is separated from his normal life in Uruk and meets Enkidu. He then…show more content…
This first stage shows shows a lot about ancient Sumerian spiritual culture. First, it shows that the ancient Sumerians were a polytheistic society. Their creator god is a female which shows that females were respected enough to hold a position of power. This was most likely because they can create life. Their belief system in gods and goddesses also shows that people believed that the gods could change their society and the daily lives of people. However, Enkidu and Gilgamesh unintended friendship also shows that the ancient Sumerians believed that their deities couldn’t control every facet of life. As the epic continues, Gilgamesh and Enkidu succeed on their mission to kill the demon Humbaba. “Humbaba the guardian he smote to the ground, for two leagues afar… With him he slew ……, the woods he …… He slew the ogre, the cedar 's guardian, at whose yell were sundered the peaks of Sirion and Lebanon, … the mountains did quake, … all the hillsides did tremble,” (The Epic of Gilgamesh, Ish 26-33). When they return to Uruk, Enkidu has a dream about the gods meeting. In the dream, they decide that Gilgamesh and Enkidu cannot both live. “‘Between these two [let one of them die!]’” And Enlil said: ‘Let Enkidu die, but not let Gilgamesh die!’” (The Epic of Gilgamesh, III(?) col. i). After having another dream, Enkidu falls sick and a few days later, he dies. “My God has taken against me, my friend, …, [I do not die] like one who [falls] in the midst of battle. I was afraid

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