Similarities Between Gilgamesh And Enkidu

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Cedric Harper World-lit Dr. Clark Gilgamesh and Enkidu In the epic of gilgamesh, Gilgamesh is a man and a God. He built high walls and had orchid fields around his city. He also wasn’t respectful. He touched women whenever he wanted to, He never gave his servants any type of love. Enkidu is a man who was created to tame gilgamesh. He was created by the Gods. The Gods wanted to tame him so they sent an equal power which was enkidu. A wild man who becomes Gilgamesh 's best friend. After being visited by Shamhat, the prostitute, Enkidu is civilized and leaves the animal world behind to journey with Shamhat to Uruk. Enkidu accompanies Gilgamesh to defeat Humbaba before he passes away. Gilgamesh journeys to the Underworld to try to bring…show more content…
The gods seem to give these two characters a test or trial to see what they would do in certain situations. Both characters take on large risks by insulting Ishtar, but Gilgamesh is able to face his own mortality and Enkidu is able to learn of the world of humans and of the value of life. Both came to understand the importance of friendship in life. Without gilgamesh and enkidu being friends it would have been a long lasting battle between the two. Since they both are equal and have power, gilgamesh saw an interest in his heart pertaining to enkidu, he loved him as a friend derly and at enkidu 's death he mourned like no one ever thought was possible because of his character. Besides that, teaching Gilgamesh that his own life must end, Enkidu 's death also forces Gilgamesh to continue living the life he still has left. He was so distraught over Enkidu 's death that he more or less abandons his kingly duties. Utnapishtim teaches him that life must end, but Gilgamesh also must return to Uruk with the full understanding that his own life must continue if it is to have meaning. Gilgamesh was willing to give up some things because his best friend is now gone. In the text it repeatedly mentions how Gilgamesh is alone at a point in the story. With nothing else visible around him, Gilgamesh is truly on his own on this quest. He is also completely lost, without direction, fumbling in the dark. This metaphor reiterates Gilgamesh 's
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