Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

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The epic of Gilgamesh is a Mesopotamian poem often considered one of the first works of literature. It is the story of a demigod named Gilgamesh and his various adventures through a period of time. When the story starts, Gilgamesh is a well-established tyrant of the magnificent city of Uruk. As the story progresses, he does various heroic deeds and feats, seeming to transform from a villain to a hero. In actuality, however, he remains a tyrant throughout the story, his selfishness defining him as he is driven by greed and fear. Two pivotal plot points reinforce this theory: the hunt for Humbaba and Enkidu’s death. In the beginning of the story, Gilgamesh is not liked by his people. He is a demigod created by the goddess Aruru, and is therefore blessed with an awe-inspiring body and physical prowess. He used this strength to help make the city of Uruk grand and become its king, but he also abuses his power: “The city is his possession, he struts through it, his head raised high, trampling its citizens like a raging bull” (Mitchell 72). He takes girls from their mothers and fathers and uses them and crushes sons taken from fathers. It is because of his ways that his people ask the gods for help. They send it in the form of Enkidu, a man that is Gilgamesh’s physical equal. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu first meet, they break out into a fight. Gilgamesh eventually wins after a trying ordeal, but he welcomes Enkidu as a friend because of his strength and the fact that he was able…

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