The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' And Analysis

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The Epic of Gilgamesh –Summary and analysis

Introduction

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an excerpt of the original text of the Epic listed in the "Sources of the Western Tradition", 5th edition, by Perry, Peden and Von Laue (2003). The Epic of Gilgamesh is the story of King Gilgamesh who is the powerful king of Uruk, the incidents in his life, the associations he makes, the encounters he has, and the transition that occurs in his life in relation to his gaining knowledge of the mortality of human life. The story further outlines the transformation that Gilgamesh gets with respect to his outlook after the traumatic death of his friend Enkidu, which makes him to embark on a quest for eternity. Gilgamesh subjects the people in his kingdom to hard rule. The Gods create Enkidu to counter him. Friendship develops between Enkidu and Gilgamesh and together they launch adventures for conquests together. In the process, they kill the terrible monster, Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. For this, they incur the wrath of Gods, who decide to put an end to the life of Enkidu. Enkidu gets a dream about his impending death and dies after suffering for a few days with sickness. The death of Enkidu shatters Gilgamesh who wants to immortalize himself by escaping death. He goes in search of Utnapishtim, who is blessed with immortality by the Gods. Utnapishtim tells him that death is inevitable for a human and immortality is impossible to achieve. The Epic of…
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