The Biblical Story Of Genesis And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Gilgamesh and Genesis
Marena A. Dials
World Literature
ENG 231
Professor Sylvia Basile
October 1, 2015

Gilgamesh The biblical story of Genesis and the Epic of Gilgamesh share many similarities throughout their text. One correspondence they share is the relationship between Enkidu and Harlot and Adam and Eve. Enkidu was a wild man who had no knowledge about his surroundings except for the animals and the wildness. When Enkidu is exposed to the “uncertain” and “desire”, for which the Epic of Gilgamesh is represented by a woman and the task of womankind (sex), everything that is unacquainted to Enkidu suddenly becomes familiar. Enkidu soon becomes aware his surroundings, and considers himself more like a god now, because he knows well and he knows evil. Enkidu later have intercourse with the harlot until he was sated with her charms. But when he turned his to his animals, the gazelles saw Enkidu and jetted off, the wild animals distanced themselves from his body. Then he drew himself up, for his understanding had expanded. The harlot said to Enkidu: “You are beautiful, Enkidu, you are become like a god.” What she kept saying found favor within him. Becoming aware of himself, he sought a friend.” In Genesis God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except for the tree of knowledge. But of course they were tempted by the serpent who said “You shall not be doomed to die. For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes
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