The Journey Into Cedar Forest

1307 WordsAug 28, 20166 Pages
Gilgamesh, powerful, charismatic, and burly that he was hankering to make a title for himself, therefore commencing on a perilous journey into Cedar Forest. Gilgamesh presumed that if he executed the imposing Humbaba, the citizens of Uruk would gaze upon him with astonishment and awe. He yearned for his name to surpass his demise so that all would know the glorious king of Uruk who defeated the fearsome Humbaba. Gilgamesh blatantly disregards nature and its beauty in his conquest to slay the monstrous Humbaba. Nature has been long forgotten and demolished by beings who do not understand nor value its beauty. Humbaba was delegated by Enlil to be entrusted with the forest to keep human beings whose only desire was to log the luscious trees that thrived within the woodland. He was viewed by the majority as a ferocious beast that bestowed fear in all. In contrast to that, we see near the end of book V that Humbaba may not be as malicious as he was portrayed. He even begs for his life, saying that if they spare him, then he will become their personal slave. This makes Gilgamesh have a moment of contemplation on whether or not he should end Humbaba’s life. However, this moment is quickly terminated by Enkidu as he encourages Gilgamesh to continue with his mission. Though we will never know if Humbaba truly meant what he uttered to Gilgamesh we feel empathy for him. Seem genuine, yearning to safeguard the forest as he was put on Earth to do so and for doing so he was viciously
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