The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

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“The Epic of Gilgamesh” is considered a literary masterpiece nearly lost to the sands of time. The epic was passed on through oral tradition before writing became abundant. Thus it is considered one of the oldest known stories in literary history. The epic tells of the journey, struggle, and inevitability of the great king Gilgamesh’s life. The epic has been proven to be at least partially true, as archeologists have discovered evidence of the existence of Gilgamesh’s great city Uruk. Uruk was once located in ancient Mesopotamia. Due to the barriers of time and loss in human history, there can be no positive way to confirm all that has been encountered from the epic. Taking the imaginative epic with a grain of salt, one must determine the difference between fact and fiction. Gilgamesh was considered a half-god mortal, blessed with all the virtues a king could want. He knew no equal and was brazen in his stature. The gods reasoned to send an opposite-equal to lay low his lack of humility. Enkidu was the answer to Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was the epitome of a civilized man known to ego and wrong. Enkidu was the epitome of a beast in man’s form knowing innocence and right. Gilgamesh and Enkidu stood opposite-equals against each other and after a short clash of strengths they became as brothers. Once they were united, Gilgamesh and Enkidu became fused to each other’s soul. These two heroes hence, would not be separated until death’s icy grasp. Growing restless in their dual-clad

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