Epic: Symbols, Themes In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia and is said to be older then the Homer Epic itself, by at least one thousand years. It is often regarded as the first great work of literature an Epic of the third millennium B.C, which has the power to move and attract readers of today. This poem also consists a mixture of pure adventure, morality and tragedy. In this Epic we are introduced to two major characters Gilgamesh the King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu. Their relationship is like no other, they overcome many adversities and obstacles in their adventures that’s strengthens their bond and friendship. This epic has their readers actively engaged and constantly thinking about the motifs, themes and concepts that are being introduced throughout the epic. One of the big concepts touched in The Epic of Gilgamesh is the subject of immortality. In this Epic we …show more content…
Even after he joins the civilized society, he keeps most of his characteristic that he had in his wild life. He is incredibly strong and physically equal to Gilgamesh. When Enkidu hears the woes of his people he travels to Uruk in an attempt to relieve the oppression of his people and protect its virgin brides from their uncontrollable king. This is what led to the first encounter of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Rather than becoming enemies and fighting to death in their encounter, they became friends. And through this friendship they both transformed for the better. They went through many battles and adventures together and from which there relationship and bond grew stronger and stronger. Gilgamesh transforms from a tyrant and a bully to a great king and a hero that cares for his people’s interests. Gilgamesh also had a great influence on Enkidu. Gilgamesh pulls Enkidu out of his self- centeredness and changes him from a wild man into a noble

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