Gilgamesh And The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay example

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Death is feared by many people because of the simple fact that is it unavoidable, well unless you are granted immortality like a god. Throughout “The epic of Gilgamesh” we are shown that Gilgamesh and Enkidu fear dying without being remembered. The pair of friends go on various journeys for the simple pleasure of having fame and being seen as heroes throughout Uruk. Gilgamesh and Enkidu face great despair that completely change their perspective about what life and death really means.
At the beginning of the epic story we learn that Gilgamesh is two-thirds god and one-third human. After learning this about Gilgamesh we know that even though he is part god he is also human, meaning that he has to face death sooner or later. I think that because he knows he has to face death at one point he takes advantage of the people and things surrounding him. Even though he does do a couple of good deeds like building the walls and temples in Uruk, I think he does it just to benefit himself so he can earn points in making his name after death more memorable. The gods demand for Aruru to create Gilgamesh’s equal which in my opinion was a very smart idea because when Enkidu came into Gilgamesh’s life, he was introduced to a friendship that was almost unbreakable.
Gilgamesh didn’t appreciate how precious life was and he took his life and his best friend’s life for granted. When they came across the malevolent monster Humbaba who guards the Cedar forest, Enkidu Warned Gilgamesh by stating…

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