Historical And Mythological Characteristics In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh has a combination of historical and mythological characteristics laced through the writing. The importance of this epic poem is displayed through the way it is told and how the resolution in the conclusion makes sense. The epic consists of eleven tablets, portraying the quests of both Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Gilgamesh is one of the significant characters within the epic poem. He is the king of Uruk, a city in Mesopotamia. Uruk is a prosperous and developed city, ruled by one of the strongest leaders. Gilgamesh is considered to be a combination of god and human qualities; more specifically, he is two thirds divine and one third human. With these two different qualities comes a substantial amount of characteristics. Gilgamesh leaves important things to the world: the buildings and temples that reside in Uruk. He is wise and full of practical knowledge, some of which he has gained due to journeys he has experienced. His knowledge is beneficial when it comes to helping others understand certain things.
Being king, Gilgamesh knows the land and foundation of Uruk, knowing just where water is located. He is known for his stature, as well as being strong
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Some are conquered by both Gilgamesh and Enkidu, while another is defeated by only one of them. To begin, Enkidu and Gilgamesh trek out to destroy and kill Humbaba, a guardian of the Cedar Forest. This proves to be a challenge for them that they must overcome to demonstrate their power and strength. By the end of their quest, the creation of the Cedar Door occurs. This door demonstrates strength and glory, a devotion for the gods. Their original plan was to just defeat and kill Humbaba to gain fame. Continuing, the defeat of the Bull of Heaven, which was sent by the angry goddess Ishtar, proved worthiness and might. Although strength and power were important to them, in the end they gained knowledge that would result in making them

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