The Loss And The Inevitability Of Death

1018 Words Sep 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In the ancient texts of Gilgamesh and Genesis, mortality and the inevitability of death ia a prevalent issues that many characters face throughout their lifetime. Whether it be a search for immortality, or a sin that loses one’s ability to be immortal, every character in these texts is formed around the central idea of the various issues involving death. Mortality is essential to being human as all humans face many challenges in their life, and death is the ultimate end to their tribulations.
In Gilgamesh, the inevitability of death is a dominant theme throughout the entire epic. The life of the Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s most prominent partner, discerns the tale of a wild man who becomes humanized to the point of his demise. Gilgamesh and Enkidu team up to conquer Humbaba in response to the plea of the sun god, Shamash. Human nature can be defined through mortality, and the lives of Gilgamesh and Enkidu greatly revolved around the search for immortality, and the inevitable path to death. Gilgamesh is part god and part mortal, and his part human self is a prerequisite for death in his later life. The human element of friendship is captivated through the lives of Enkidu and Gilgamesh. There is a love between these two evenly matched characters that is difficult to rival. The people of Uruk describe Enkidu’s ability to be Gilgamesh’s equal comrade as, “Now Gilgamesh has met his match. This great one, this hero whose beauty is like a god, he is a match even for Gilgamesh” (Sanders…
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