Theme Of Loss And Death In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In the story of The Epic of Gilgamesh the themes of coping with loss and death and the presence of fear and uncertainty in one’s life are of significant relevance as the story unfolds. The main character Gilgamesh and the supporting character Enkidu develop a strong bond throughout the story. After Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh transitions from a high point in his life full of glory and adventures to a time of misery and grieving. This leads Gilgamesh to set into perspective his own existence. From this point on, Gilgamesh dreads death and the uncertainty it surrounds it. Especially during the time when the story develops people had a pessimistic outlook on death and life which intensifies his fear. Loss and death and the presence of fear and uncertainty are themes that are affluence in the book and are reflected in the sorrows, lamentations and fears of the main character Gilgamesh.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is about the King of Uruk, Gilgamesh whom is describe in the story as two third god one third human to illustrate his glory and his superiority above regular humans being. However even thought he was gifted physically, he did not possessed immortality. He ruled his people and lived as he was invincible, but it was after his dear friend Enkidu died, that he felt conflicted with feeling of fears and uncertainty towards dead. At the same time, he had to cope with feeling of loss and loneliness. This quote from the Penguin Classics interpretation of The Epic of Gilgamesh
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