Essay on Gilgamesh : The Epic Of Gilgamesh

772 Words Sep 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Death Is Near No one handles the death of someone they know lightly, especially if they are close friends or relatives. In the epic poem “The Epic Of Gilgamesh”, Gilgamesh deals with losing his new best friend Enkidu, due to illness. Enkidu helped to humble Gilgamesh and reminded him what it meant to be human since Gilgamesh was two-thirds god and one-third man. Gilgamesh didn’t believe in death and often joked about it when Enkidu brought it up. When Enkidu passed away, Gilgamesh didn’t know what to do and began to act insane. He decided to seek everlasting life in the grief of his forever-lost friend. To achieve immortality, Gilgamesh went into the wilderness seeking out Utnapshtim, a mortal who survived a flood and was gifted with everlasting life. To find Utnapshtim, Gilgamesh needed to travel deep into the mountains and venture to places no mortal has ever gone before. He has high hopes that Utnapshtim will tell him what do in order to avoid death for the rest of eternity. After a treacherous journey, he meets the innkeeper Siduri who introduces him to Urshanabi and he helps him cross the Waters Of Death. When Gilgamesh finally meets Utnaphishtim, he cries out “Must I die too? Must I too be like that? (92). Utnaphishtim tries to explain to Gilgamesh that death is just a part of life. Everything that is created will be destroyed in the future, nothing lives forever. It’s odd for someone to be talking about death when they will never experience it. Gilgamesh…

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