The Epic Of Gilgamesh By Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh portrays Enkidu’s mortality as a step to portraying his purpose of life. was his hubris to the continuation of his life in the Netherworld. Out of clay, Aruru created not a man, but a being that matched the strength and resilience of the King of Uruk, Gilgamesh (George 2003: 5). His principle of life, to ultimately change the ways of the tyrannical king, which was achieved easily through a test of strength (George 2003: 10). Simply, “They kissed each other and formed a friendship.” (George 2003: 17) before joining strength to defeat the ogre Humbaba. For the test against the protector of the Cedar Forest, Enkidu proves the power of betrayal by helping Gilgamesh, his metaphorical brother, kill his old friend Humbaba to assist in the welfare of Uruk (Al-rawi/George). Large planks of cedar were sailed back leagues to Uruk with the head of Humbaba on them, illustrating how vigor can be taken away so effortlessly. Similarly, after Gilgamesh angers the Goddess Ishtar, the intellect of Enkidu allowed the thousands of citizens and the destroyed land to be compensated with the murder of the Bull of Heaven (George 2003: 52). However, his purpose in life to was assist Gilgamesh into becoming a better king, not kill the protectors of the gods, therefore he was rewarded with mortal emotions and eventually death. In one of his visions, the gods give him a glimpse of the Netherworld, a blank society of true equality. George depicts the view of it on page 61:
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