Essay on Gilgamesh : The Epic Of Gilgamesh
The epic begins with the people of Uruk describing Gilgamesh as an overly harsh ruler.
“Gilgamesh lets no son go free to his father.
By day and by night his tyranny grows harsher,” (3)
“It is he who is the shepherd of Uruk-the-sheepfold, [but Gilgamesh] lets no [daughter go free to her] mother.” (3)
So the people of Uruk didn’t have a choice but to plead to the gods. The gods resolve to create an equal for Gilgamesh to tame him and keep him in line. This equal, Enkidu, has an immediate impact on Gilgamesh. When they meet for the first time they get into a battle. “They seized each other at the door of the wedding house, / in street they joined combat, in the square of the land. / The door-jambs shook, the wall did shudder,” (16) After the fight, Enkidu instantly changes him; having this equal gives Gilgamesh a sense of respect for another man.
As the story develops the friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu develops. “They kissed each other and formed a…