Essay on Analysis Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

771 Words Oct 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Friendship has proven to be a formidable aspect within many of the world’s epics. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, the protagonist, Gilgamesh suffers the loss of his best friend, Enkidu. A parallel experience occurs in Homer’s The Iliad with Achilles and his best friend, Patroclus. In these epics, friendship is a theme that leads to an epiphany within the protagonist. In both instances, Achilles and Gilgamesh undergo a loss that is the catalyst for a monumental shift that develops them into heroes. Gilgamesh meets his equal when Aruru creates Enkidu. Despite a rocky start, Gilgamesh and Enkidu become best friends and go on various adventures until one day, Enkidu meets his fate on behalf of the god’s wrath. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh mourns for seven days and six nights and realizes that death will also come to him. Gilgamesh decides he does not wish to meet the same fate as his dear friend and is evident when he voices his thought,“My friend whom I love has turned to clay. Am I not like him? Will I lie down, never to get up again? (p. 82, lines 63-64)” Gilgamesh formulates a fear of death and searches for eternal life, unaware of the true meaning of life. Gilgamesh then undergoes a series of challenges and uncovers the true meaning life—a meaningful life is one full of good deeds for those around him for they will be the ones to remember his name and carry it on. Gilgamesh learns that eternal life does not equate greatness, it is the impact left behind on people that adds…

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